Style – ripe, friendly, underrated, charming
Rully is the most northern village in the Côte Chalonnais, just a few kilometres south of Santenay. It gained AOC status in 1939 and produces both red (pinot noir) and white wines (chardonnay), but it’s the whites that it is more famous for and that make up two thirds of production. It is also an important town in the production of Crémant de Bourgogne. There is much history in this region and it is thought that the land was originally cleared by Romans. The wines of Rully are generally ready to drink on release, although better wines are worthy of some bottle age. Reds are light and perfumed, with lots of fruit and are very easy to drink.
Whites are fermented and matured in bottle, and are often more complex - the best examples show minerality and have impressive length. Soils on the slopes are very similar to a few kilometres north in the Côte de Beaune and vines are planted on the best east/south east facing slopes. Reds do best on brown, limey soils and the whites on a clay or limestone base. On the flatter land, soils are sandier. There are 243 hectares village Rully and 23 premier crus over 81 hectares. Wines offer incredible value for money as they are much less expensive than village and premier cru examples from the Côte de Beaune.