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The Marsannay appellation is located immediately outside the city of Dijon, begins the wines area of ​​the Côte de Nuits in Burgundy wine area, Eastern France. It is situated on a Middle Jurassic clay-limestone unit; the vineyards evolve in four distinct zones, representing a total of 2.15 square kilometers (approximately 1.61 Sq.K. for reds, 0.34 Sq.K.  for whites, and 0.20 Sq.K. for Rosés.): the north and south slopes of Marsannay, the hillsides of Couchey and the combe of Marsannay. The climate of this appellation is temperate with a slight continental tendency.

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Of course, there are red wines from the Pinot Noir grape variety. Still, this area’s originality is also to offer some white wines with a strong personality, as well as rosé wines with the right to their own Marsannay rosé appellation.

Totally and on average, 860,000 liters of wines are produced in this AOC each year. Those from the north hillside of Marsannay have an excellent reputation. The brown calcareous soils, very conducive to viticulture, give the most solid and structured wines. They will be significantly tannic, fully appreciated aging, their fruity (aroma of cherry and plum) being discreet in their youth. The combe of Marsannay is composed of two combes, the combe du Pré and the most imposing combe Grandvau, within their center a cone of excrement with deeper soils and rather brown calcium.

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Different climates in this appellation offer various wines because of the variation in the ripening speed of the grapes. Where the temperature is cold, the wines can be tasted younger. They present flexibility and elegance quickly and are very early marked by the fruits. On the southern slope of Marsannay, climates are also numerous, and the vines are mostly installed on shallow soils, clay, and silts.

Finally, on the slopes of Couchey, brown limestone soils alternate with rendzinas on gravel to give the wines more delicate, with aromas of raspberry, with notes of plum and cherry core.

Chardonnay is the main grape variety in Marsannay appellation for white wines and Pinot noir for red and rose wines. The largest part of the production, around 0.67%, is red wine in Marsannay appellation. There are no Grand Cru or Premier Cru vineyards in this appellation.

The Marsannay AOC was born in 1987, so it is the most recent addition to the Côte de Nuits.

 


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A part of the important features of Marsannay appellation for red wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Clay-limestone.
  • Taste: Well balanced.
  • Wine color: Red (bright dark ruby ​​color).
  • Aromas: Cherry and plum.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 30 years.
  • Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C

 

A part of the important features of Marsannay appellation for rose wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Clay-limestone.
  • Taste: Balanced.
  • Wine color: rose.
  • Aromas: Cherry and plum.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 2 years.
  • Serving temperature: 11 to 12° C

 

A part of the important features of Marsannay appellation for white wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Clay-limestone.
  • Taste: Fine, supple, harmonious, round, and full.
  • Wine color: White.
  • Aromas: Cherry and plum.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 5 years.
  • Serving temperature: 8 to 10° C

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Region Highlights

Surface: About 2.15 square kilometers (approximately 1.61 Sq.K. for red, 0.34 Sq.K.  for white and 0.20 Sq.K. for Rosé, wines)
Classification: AOP Marsannay
Grapes: Pinot Noir for red & rose wines and Chardonnay for white wines
Types of Wines: White Wine, Rose Wine, Red Wine

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