The Villages

The Côte Chalonnaise can be described as an organisation of small “vineyard islands” which are more or less separated from each other. It spreads north, from Chagny, where it meets the Côte de Beaune, to Saint-Gengoux-le-National in the south, thus touching the Mâconnais region. The total vineyard surface is about 4,000 hectares.

Givry

The vineyards cover 265 hectares: 220 hectares produce red wine from Pinot noir and 45 hectares produce white wine from Chardonnay. 155 hectares are classified Appellation Village (120 hectares of red and 35 hectares of white) the other 110 hectares are Premier Cru (100 hectares of red and 10 hectares of white).

Givry is a place name that has the same origins as Gevrey. The oldest forms, which are Gibriacus (630) and Gebriacus (850), suggest the Gallo-Roman anthroponym “gabrius” from the Celtic “gabros” (goat) the suffix -acum indicates possession.

In the hilly Côte Chalonnaise landscape, the vines are planted on slopes of chalky-clay soil with limestone subsoil and facing south and southeast.

The vineyards of Givry spread across the communes of Givry, Jambles and Dracy-le-Fort.

Claude Courtépée and the winegrowers of the du village recount that King Henri IV chose this wine as his favourite.

Mercurey

The vineyards cover 650 hectares: 575 hectares produce red wine from Pinot noir and 75 hectares produce white wine from Chardonnay. 435 hectares are classified Appellation Village (375 hectares of red and 60 hectares of white) the other 145 hectares are Premier Cru (135 hectares of red and 10 hectares of white).

Mercurey was named after Mercury, the god of commerce and messenger of the gods in Roman mythology. The village was successively spelled Mercureis in 577, Mercuriacum in 885, then Mercuriacus in 942 and Mercoriacus in the eleventh century.

Spreading across the communes of Mercurey and Saint-Martin-sous-Montaigu, Mercurey is, without a doubt, the best known of the Côte Chalonnaise wines.

The village of Mercurey is well exposed to the midday sun, on a steep slope at the foot of a limestone ledge overlooking a transverse cut of the topography.

A wine with a ruby red colour and a bouquet evoking raspberries, strawberries and cherries. On tasting there is crisp fruit - but age gives it a touch of undergrowth and spicy aromas of tobacco and cocoa beans. It is “whole” in the mouth, with good body and fruit. The tannins can sometimes bring a mineral firmness in their youth but when mature we find a nice fleshy roundness.

Montagny

The vineyards cover 301 hectares and produce exclusively white wines from Chardonnay. 102 hectares are classified Appellation Village while the remaining 199 hectares are Premier Cru.

The production area spreads across the villages of Montagny-lès-Buxy, Buxy, Saint-Vallerin and Jully-lès-Buxy.

The “Montagny” appellation includes 49 Premier Cru “climats”. The best known within this group are: Montcuchot, Les Coères and Les Chaniots (or Chagnots). They are generally located in the intermediary zones of Montagny and often rise up to the top of the slopes.

The exclusively white Montagny wines have the classic characteristics of Burgundy Chardonnay: limpid, discreet golden colour with green glints turning to the colour of gold buttons with age. Typically its bouquet evokes acacia, hawthorn, honeysuckle and blackberry blossom, sometimes there is also violet and fern. In the livelier part of the spectrum we can find citronella and gunflint. Furthermore one should not be surprised to smell honey, white peach or pear aromas. In the mouth it is a fresh wine with youthful style; expressive and likeable - with lots of spicy aromas coming from retro-olfaction. The finesse and the delicacy of the taste marry well with the solid, durable structure.

Rully

The vineyards cover 344 hectares: 226 hectares produce white wine from Chardonnay and 118 hectares produce red wine from Pinot Noir. 248 hectares are classified Appellation Village (151 hectares of white and 97 hectares of red) the other 92 hectares are Premier Cru (66 hectares of white and 26 hectares of red).


A renowned white wine, its golden colour with green glints becomes more intense with ageing. The bouquet excels in aromas of “hedge flowers” such as acacia, hawthorn, honeysuckle, fine elderflower and even violets, lemon, white peach or flint. With time we notice the birth of honey, quince and dried fruit aromas. It is rich in the mouth with nice lively, round fruit riding on a wave of mellowness and length: giving the cool freshness and polish of marble.

The Rully Appellation is located in the communes of Rully and Chagny. The vineyards themselves form the outline of a bean.