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Burgundy Day IV: Montrachet vineyard and Cote Chalonnaise, oh my!

The grand of the grand, the Montrachet vineyard, where (arguably) the world's greatest expression of Chardonnay is made.


Note: Wines In Niagara is compiling a daily photo blog from Burgundy during the Grands Jours de Bourgogne, an annual celebration of the wines from the entire region.

While the first day of the week celebrated the white wines of Chablis, and Day 2 took us to the Cote de Nuits for a close look at the reds (pinot noirs) of Burgundy, and the third day was reserved for a look at the newest and most northern appellation in Burgundy, Marsannay, day four included a grand dinner at the Chateau de Meursault, a visit to the Grand Cru Montrachet vineyard and a vast tasting of wines from the Cote Chalonnaise.

The wines from this region are the more affordable Burgundies from some very diverse terroirs, making sparkling wines, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Here are some photos from Day Four in Burgundy.

montrachet vines
Up close and personal with the Montrachet vineyard.
me montrachet
How can one resist a photo here?
chateau meaursault
The Chateau de Meursault lit up at night.
cave mersault
One of many barrel cellars at the Chateau de Meursault.
cheveliers montrachet
Vineyard at Chevaliers-Montrachet.

Puligny montrachet

vonay vine

clos pucelle


star of the show
If I had to pick a favourite wine from the Cote Chalonnaise tasting, it would be this. The Les Clous from Villaine. Superb Chardonnays.
Pierre de Benoist from Domaine Villaine.
louis Max
Another great producer of Mercurey La Maison Louis Max with Alain Charleux, above. All the wines are biodynamic and organically grown.
Another great producer from Domaine Dureuil Janthial.
The ploughman's lunch in Mercurey included (of course) a massive cheese plate.
The ploughman's lunch in Mercurey included these wonderful sea creatures..




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