Situated in the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy with vines planted on rich Comlanchian limestone, this is where Chardonnay has reached cult status. Today, Meursault makes more white wine than any other village in the Côte d’Or.
Though there are no Grand Cru vineyards in Meursault, it is home to 19 Premier Cru sites. The classic description of white Burgundy from Meursault will show flavors of butter and nuts that make the wines taste rich on the palate. Bargains can definitely be found at the village level. (176 words)
History buffs can revel in a narrative of more than 1,000 years of viticultural activity in Meursault. Eudes I, Duke of Burgundy, gifted vines given to the monks of Cîteaux in 1098, and over some 700 years the monks dedicated themselves to the art of winemaking—strictly to enrich their abbey. Also, during the late 1700s, the American Ambassador to France, and later U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson, paid a visit to Meursault. In his notes he documented a favorite table wine from the now Premier Cru vineyard of Goutte d’Or, which translates as “drop of gold,” because of flint in the soil that has the shape and color of a literal drop of gold.