Style – understated, fruity, robust
Maranges is the most southern appellation in the Côte de Beaune, although it is officially in the département of Saône-et-Loire. It wasn`t until 1988 that the three communes of Cheilly-lès-Maranges, Dezizes-lès-Maranges and Sampigny-lès-Maranges grouped together to become one appellation. Prior to this, they were relatively unknown and it was easier to sell them as Côte de Beaune villages. There has been increasing interest in this area over the last few years, and it is definitely one of the most up and coming villages in the Côte de Beaune. 95% of production is of red wines from pinot noir but a small amount of white is made (chardonnay) on the gravelly soil of the lower slopes. Little extraction is needed in the winery as the structure is often already there, and the best growers make the wines with a gentle hand.
Vineyards have a south/south westerly exposure, different to the rest of the Côte de Beaune but the geographical origins are the same. The soils in Dezizes and Sampigny are an extension of climats located to the south of Santenay -limey marl and brown limestone- as they share some vineyards, including premier cru Les Clos Roussots. Soils in Cheilly are more pebbly. There are 137 hectares of village Maranges, and 93 hectares of premier cru, the best of which is said to be La Fussière. At the moment, the pricing is very reasonable so wines from good growers are exceptionally good value.