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One third of all white wine in the Cote d'Or comes from Meursault. The flavor profile is world famous with grilled nuts, rich buttery textures and hazelnuts along with Meursault's famous minerality as it is easily the rockiest of all the white wine communes of the Cote de Beaune. There is very little red planted here because of those aforementioned rocky soils. There are 372 ha in Meursault of which 100 are 1er Cru and 15 ha are red.

Meursault has no Grand Crus but its top 1er Cru, Les Perrieres can compete and often does surpass Grand Crus from Chassagne-Montrachet and Aloxe-Corton. Les Perrieres needs a very long time to reach its potential. Les Charmes is more early drinking and forward and is considered the 2nd best vineyard in Meursault. Genevrieres is considered on the same tier as Charmes but is the most elegant of thethree. You cannot go wrong with any of these three, but depending on the producer it can be expensive to really expensive.

But don't fret as Meursault has many lieux-dits such as Clos de la Barre, Tillets, Tessons, Narvaux and Luchets and these can rival and pass many 1er cru Cote de Beaune whites. The lieux-dits from Jean-Marc Roulot often do. These lieux-dits wines are technically village wines but are priced like 1er Cru's especially from top names like Roulot and Coche-Dury. All Meursault from top producers from village wines to top 1er Cru's all can age very well. Do not be afraid to age your village wines 10-15 years as they will turn out spectacularly. Meursault typically goes between $35-$695 for the high end 1er Cru's from Roulot, Coche and Lafon.

Notable Recent Vintages: 2010, 2009 (esp. Roulot), 2008, 2007, 2004, 2002, 2001, 1999 (esp at Roulot), 1996, 1993, 1992 

Top producers (in no particular order) include:
  • Guy Roulot
  • Comtes Lafon
  • Coche-Dury
  • Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet
  • Antoine Jobard
  • Arnaud Ente
  • Bitouzet-Prier
  • Buisson-Charles
  • Fernand and Laurent Pillot
  • Francois Mikulski
  • Henri Germaain
  • Domaine Jean et Gilles Lafouge
  • Jean-Philippe Fichet
  • Latour-Giraud
  • Patrick Javillier
  • Pierre Morey
  • Rémi Jobard
  • Thierry et Pascale Matrot
  • Vincent Dancer
  • Benjamin Leroux
  • Morey-Blanc
  • Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey
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