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Chateau de Marsannay

Vineyards: 30 ha
Principal Wines: Gevrey Chambertin Grand Cru AOC - Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru AOC, Marsannay AOC, Vosne-Romanèe AOC, Clos de Vougeot AOC, 
Grapes: 100% property
Philosophy: Organic approach
Address: 2 Rue des Vignes 21160 Marsannay-la-Côte  (Francia)
Region: Burgundy

The winery

In 1936, during the delimitation of the AOC, Marsannay did not submit his file to INAO for the classification of his wines because it was sold well. After the war, things change, wine lovers want prestigious appellations, Premier Crus and Grand Crus and Marsannay wines are abandoned in favor of their great neighbors Gevrey-Chambertin and Vosne-Romanée. In 1987, Marsannay obtained its AOC and, thereafter, has reconquered the main markets thanks to rich and tasty wines equal to the best climat of the Côte de Nuits.


Today, a request for classification in Premier Cru was made, which is being examined by INAO, for having recognized the 13 best climates. This ranking would allow Château de Marsannay to become the most important Premier Cru owner of the appellation. Château de Marsannay has 28 hectares of AOC Marsannay in the villages of Chenôve in the north, central Marsannay and in Couchey in the south. Its climat are Champs Perdrix, Clos du Roy, Longeroies, Les Echezots, Les Favières, Clos de Jeu, Les Grandes Vignes, The Parterre, The Boivin, Les Grasses Têtes, Les Crais, Au Champ Salomon, Au Ravry et la Plantelle.


The vineyards of the Marsannay appellation are the closest to the city of Dijon, which is home to the former Hospices de Dijon, the world capital of gastronomy. It is kilometer 0 of the route of the great wines of which the Castle of Marsannay is the ideal first stop to discover the wines of Burgundy.


The Côte de Nuits is famous for the great red wines that derive from the Pinot Noir grape variety. They are wines that combine power, concentration with an unbeatable finesse and elegance. The Château de Marsannay has vineyards within some of the most famous appellations: Clos de Vougeot, Chambertin and Ruchottes-Chambertin. Côte de Nuits is a land of great red wines as all the main reds of the Côte d'Or are produced in Côte de Nuits, with the exception of the Grand Cru Corton located north of the Côte de Beaune. The stretch of the Castle of Marsannay in the Clos de Vougeot is located in the upper part, south of the Castle. It is a gently sloping parcel, with clayey soil rich in brown gravel, resting on a thick limestone rock of Bathonian origin. Made up of a thin layer of red marl on very shallow, rocky and not very fertile soil, the Ruchottes-Chambertin parcel is the southernmost of the appellation. On a soil composed of small debris particularly rich in limestone and clay, the Chambertin vineyards give small yields and a beautiful ripening. The Chateau de Marsannay also develops as regards the premier Cru in the parcels in Gevrey-Chambertin "Champeaux" and "Bel Air" and in the premier cru "In Orveaux" in Vosne-Romanée, very well located.


The vines are distributed among 11 winegrowers who work the same plots from one year to the next. A very regular approach is provided by the manager, Sylvain Pabion, so that the most suitable gestures for the good health of the vine are practiced. These winemakers accompany the good development of the vine throughout the vegetative cycle. Season after season, they take the utmost care of the vines according to the terroirs and climatic conditions. The practical Château de Marsannay requires a strict selection of the grapes for a yield of about 40 hectoliters per hectare. A simple organic approach is used to stimulate the microbial life of the soil and improve its structure. Grassing takes place based on the characteristics of each parcel.

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