Viticulture first appeared in Meursault in the 13th Century, thanks in large part to the monks of the Cîteaux. Situated just south of Volnay and Pommard in the Côte de Beaune, Meursault is the most extensive northerly white wine commune of the Côte-d’Or.
Meursault Narvaux is a Lieu-dit single vineyard, classed as the Deuxièmes crus (Second Growths - between the 'standard' village sites and the premiers crus) and is known to all insiders as capable of truly excellent wines. The Narvaux vineyards are high on the Meursault slope, just above the 1er cru vineyards as a result have a cooler climate.
There are several important factors that determine the reputation of Meursault. Primarily, the soil throughout most of Meursault is perfectly suited to the production of chardonnay; it is a mixture of marl and chalk, that when combined with a largely south-easterly exposure creates healthy grapes that are full of character and contribute greatly to the remarkable finesse of which the wines of Meursault are capable.
Typical Meursaults tend to be very full, mellow wines and mature somewhat sooner than the wines from the neighbouring communes of Puligny and Chassagne. The wine is full in the mouth and well-structured showing exotic fruitiness and a nutty, spicy character. It can be drunk when young but patience is amply repaid.
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- Appellation d’origine controlee: Meursault Narvaux A.C.
- Category: Communal appellation, This appellation includes some premier cru climates
- Region: Côte de Beaune
- Producing commune: Meursault
- Soil: Soil types range from gravely sandy loams with granite outcrops at the highest points through deep laterite / ironstone gravels upper-mid slope to higher capacity sandy loams lower slope.
- Colour and grape variety: White, Chardonnay