Château de Meursault and Its Fantastic Cellars
Last month, I spent plenty of time in four big wine making regions of France : Languedoc, Provence, Rhône Valley and Burgundy, and tasted hundreds of wines.
During this amazing trip, one place really caught my attention in Burgundy : Château de Meursault. This estate is located in the village of Meursault, in the Côte de Beaune, known for its delicious Chardonnay white wines. It is actually in that area and on those terroirs that the Chardonnay offers its finest expressions in the entire world.
Initially built in the 11th century and owned by a Duke, there is so much history behind this place (it’s the case for Burgundy in general). Château de Meursault is also a 60 hectares (148 acres) vineyard with vines all over the Côte de Beaune in the villages of Aloxe-Corton, Savigny-lès-Beaune, Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet.
However, the main reason of this article is the incredible cellars underneath the Château. Built and dug by the Cistercian monks during the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th centuries, those cellars can contain up to 700.000 bottles and more than 2.000 barrels :
After the visit, I got to taste almost 10 wines from the estate (both red and white) and wasn’t disappointed. The red wines were all pleasant, so were the whites.
There is one bottle that I will remember particularly and I invite any Chardonnay lover to try it : a Meursault Premier Cru 2008. This wine is original and offers a slightly different profile from most Meursault Premiers Crus produced in other estates.
Indeed, as far as I know, Château de Meursault is the only vineyard blending wines coming from parcels in “Les Charmes” and in “Les Perrières”, two different sectors where the Chardonnay expresses itself in very different ways. The flesh and character of “Les Charmes” combined to the delicacy and class of “Les Perrières” make up for a very enjoyable blend. However, and I regret it, the estate stopped blending those 2 wines after the 2012 vintage.
In a nutshell, Château de Meursault is a beautiful place and makes quality wine, I highly recommend it to whoever plans to go to Burgundy someday or to get some very good bottles.