Posted on Jul 27, 2019
Another EU Today wine road trip.... The second this year to Bourgogne and the second to the village of Meursault, writes Gary Cartwright.
With a population of just under 1500, and 973 acres under vine producing some 2.5 million bottles a year, Meursault concentrates on the flagship wine of the region, Chardonnay, and it does it exceptionally well. Meursault, I would argue, is the definitive wine of the region.
Seafood, especially lobster, was surely created for a Chardonnay from this village, its the classic accompaniment, but any white fish or veal, even goat's cheese or a blue cheese partner the wines very well.
We were lucky to visit Chateau de Citeaux, owned by Philippe Bouzereau, who is of the ninth generation of winemakers in his family, which currently owns multiple small plots from Aloxe-Corton to Santenay. In the very centre of the village, the land on which the estate stands was originally cultivated in the 11th century by monks.
Whilst grapes are harvested at the Chateau, those from nearby vineyards including from the iconic villages of Puligny-Montrachet, and Chassagne-Montrachet, are also used. Here only around 2% of wine produced in any one year is red, Pinot Noir.
A lesser known fact is that Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc are also allowed to be grown in the region, and can legally find their way into both red and white wines, albeit in small quantities, although this is a rare practice.
The Chateau de Citeaux Meursault Les Narvaux, presented and tasted at the end of this second video is from one of the most prestigious village appellations in Meursault. A complex wine, with high acidity, medium bodied with some white stone minerality and a long finish, it is very highly regarded by wine lovers. Enjoy...
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