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Discover Burgundy. Meursault - the land of the finest Chardonnay

In the heart of Côte d'Or, some 10 km south of Beaune, lies Meursault - a village surrounded by 400 km of vineyards, 98% of which is Chardonnay. Meursault is part of the Chardonnay 'trio' - that includes Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. But the variety is the only thing that unites them! Chardonnay is just a fine tool for expressing the terroir. And terroirs we have here plenty!

limestone is very rare and represents around 10% of all rock types around the world, but not in Burgundy...

Terroirs of Meursault

Routes des Grands Crus - the most common road sign in Burgundy

Complex topography, lots of sedimentation and intense fracturing. While the neighbours mostly lie on gentle slopes, the topography of Meursault reminds a staircase. You'll see a layer that is topped by marl and compact limestone. Going further - more solid limestone that was even used in construction (there are many limestone quarries under the vineyards). If you climb up the hill it's all marl from Jurassic period, very rocky, shallow soil. And then there are vineyards in the valley - juts around the village of Meursault, wines coming from these climats always have some extra freshness, crispness as the air is cooler here.

The Chardonnay from Meursault

If you generalize it - it's all a clay and limestone blend after all. But you can't generalize Burgundy because here every 20 m makes a huge difference in terms of those soil blends. So what is a typical Meursault? A good example is Charmes - a very rich, aromatic, round wine. But if you go up the hills you'll find wines that are more tense and lean. It's colder, there is less soil, and there is more fight for nutrition. With every step down the hill, there is more soil and more rounder wines.

Meursault is exactly what Bourgogne is - its' richness, but also complexity, freshness in the end, that makes it a pleasure to have it in your mouth.
Tasting Meursault wines in Burgundy and visiting Domaine Jean Marie Bouzereau during my Burgundy wine study trip
Meursault Charmes - what a wonderful wine it is!

limestone is very rare and represents around 10% of all rock types on the planet, but in Burgundy - it's everywhere!

Soil types in Meursault Here in Burgundy we always talk about limestone, and it seems very like a very common thing after a while. In fact, limestone is very rare and represents around 10% of all rock types. But its' significant presence here is the one of the main reasons why Burgundy has been known for its' wines for a thousand years. Limestone absorbs excess humidity and provides proper drainage.

Meursault wine tour in Burgundy on a wine study trip