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France, Meursault

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More-so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
This AOC in Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, is renowned as one of the most reliably excellent sources of Chardonnay in the world (though there are also small amounts of Pinot Noir grown). There are more top producers here than anywhere else in Côte-d'Or, despite there not being any Grand Cru vineyards in the AOC. It's the incredible proliferation of high-quality Premier Cru and commune-level wine that makes this region so popular.

Meursault Chardonnay is typically oaken in style, and is often described as having rich, buttery notes that are evidence of a classic Burgundy terroir.
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  1. Domaine Matrot Meursault 2019
    Domaine Matrot is a sixth-generation family estate with exceptional holdings in the Cote de Beaune. With six hectares of village-designated plots, plus four hectares of premier cru vineyards in Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, they have access to some truly special fruit. ... Learn More
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  2. Domaine Chavy Chouet Meursault Les Narvaux 2020
    Rich and concentrated on the palate, with layer upon layer of flavour, this is an extraordinary wine from vines running alongside Coche-Dury. ... Learn More
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    Neil Martin
  3. Domaine Chavy Chouet Meursault Clos Des Corvees 2020
    Sourced from vines with an average age of 65 years old. Matured for 10 months in 40% new French oak. Higher percentage of new oak maturation evident on the nose. More ripeness from fruit to match this however. More nutty and creamy but ... Learn More
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    Jasper Morris MW
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    Neal Martin
  4. Domaine Armand Heitz Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Poutures 2019
    It seems that the site of Pommard is one of the oldest winemaking activities of the Cote. Installed in this place for more than 2000 years, the Gaulois would have selected and multiplied the pinot noir. A temple dedicated to the ... Learn More
  5. Domaine Matrot Meursault Blagny 1er 2019
    Pale lemon and lime. A more restrained nose, far from the madding crowd of 2019, this Meursault-Blagny has kept its freshness. It offers greater tensile strength than the village Meursault, but not significantly more volume. Lemon apple finish. ... Learn More
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    Jasper Morris MW
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  6. Domaine Chavy Chouet Meursault Premier Cru Les Charmes 2020
    Located right next to Puligny-Montrachet, the plot of Les Charmes was planted in 1943 on a sandy clay-limestone soil that produces small, concentrated berries for an intense wine that is perfect for keeping. ... Learn More
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