Volnay is a village appellation of the Côte de Beaune. The appellation includes 30 premier cru vineyards.
The vineyards occupy a narrow and steeply sloping site and the vines face south east. The soil is limestone ? a? reddish limestone at the top, lower down is chalky white limestone and it is pebbly at the bottom.
Volnay produces only red wines from Pinot Noir.
The wines of Volnay are regarded as the Chambolle-Musignys of the Côte de Beaune - full of finesse but with a depth and structure that means they will last for a long time.
There are over 70 individual growers operating in Volnay and the standard of winemaking is excellent.
Meursault is a village appellation of the Côte de Beaune. The appellation includes 21 premier cru vineyards.
Meursault is located about 15 km south-west of Beaune. The soils consist of Comblanchian limestone with patches of magnesian limestone. The best soils are found at heights of 260-270 metre.
Vines were first planted in Meursault by the monks of Cîteauxas early as 1098.
The wines are nearly all white from Chardonnay with a small amount of red wine from Pinot Noir.
Meursault's gothic town hall with its mutli-coloured enameled roof is a local landmark.
Puligny-Montrachet is a village appellation in the Côte de Beaune. The appellation includes 17 Premier Crus vineyards and it also includes 4 Grand Crus vineyards.
Most of the wine is white and it is produced only from Chardonnay.
Small quantities of red wine are produced in this appellation and they may use the name Côtede Beaune Villages.
Puligny-Montrachet is regarded as one of the purest expressions of the Chardonnay grape.
The vines are grown on brown limestone soils or where limestone alternates with marls and limey clays.
Saint-Aubin is a village appellation of the Côte de Beaune. The appellation includes 20 premier cru vineyards.
Saint-Aubin is a close neighbor of Montrachet and lies between Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune.
The white grapes grow on white clay that has a high limestone content. The slopes are steep in places and face east or south east.
Both with and red wines are produced in Saint-Aubin from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes respectively.
Les Murgers des Dents de Chien, La Chatenière, En Remilly and Le Charmois are regarded as the finest of the priemier crus.
“A mature white Saint-Aubin will probably smell of lime-blossom and nuts and have a nutty, earthy flavor.”
The vineyards are later ripening than Chassagne or Puligny and perform particularly well in good years.
White Wines from Saint-Aubin
When young, it combines aromas of white flowers, flint, green almond and orange-flower. It generally has fresh acidity that fills out with age.
Red Wines from Saint-Aubin
This is generally dark gernet or crimson in cloour with aromas of blackcurrent, morello cherry and blackberry. It can be spicy to taste with a lively finish and, again, it ages well.