Style - rounded, rich, noisette, evolving
Meursault is the largest wine producing village in the Côte de Beaune. It is also one of the oldest wine growing villages with vines planted by the monks of Citeaux as early as 1098. Soils are Jurassic marl and marly limestone and are best suited to white wine production. A small amount of red wine is produced - the most heralded of these is premier cru Les Santenots which is, in fact, an appellation in its own right. As it has more in common with the reds from neighbouring Volnay, it is often labelled Volnay Santenots. There are 316 hectares of village Meursault, more than in both Puligny and Chassagne put together, and this is where Meursault excels. the quality of its village wines. Many producers bottle their different vineyard holdings separately – something that seldom happens in Puligny or Chassagne – and so there are various interpretations of the appellation. Lieu-dits to note include Les Tessons, Narvaux and Les Tillets.
There are 17 premier cru in total over 132 hectares, but it is Les Perrières, Les Genevrieres and Les Charmes that are the most exalted. Despite its size, Meursault doesn’t have any grand cru vineyards. There has been talk of promoting parts of Perrières to grand cru status and prices are rising accordingly. Historically, Meursault has produced heavier wines than from neighbouring villages, that have been rich, buttery and nutty, especially when negociants dominated the bottling. However, as more producers have started bottling wine themselves, there has been a shift in styles away from the older, buttery style to leaner, more elegant wines. In the last few years, Meursault has been known to be the earliest village in the Côte de Beaune to harvest.