The Château de Marsannay mainly produces red wines. One rosé wine and two white wines complete the Château wine range, all from Côte de Nuits. As the exclusive Hospices of Dijon vineyard’s operator, it also produces wines in Côte de Beaune: Pommard 1er Cru, Beaune 1er Cru, Savigny-Lès-Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru, Aloxe-Corton, Gevrey-Chambertin and Puligny-Montrachet.
Cote d'Or, a mosaic of terroirs
In Burgundy, there are more than 100 appellations and only one single grape variety for the production of red wines under village, premier cru and grand cru appellations, the Pinot Noir. Chardonnay is also the only grape variety for the production of white wines. This multitude of appellations is due to the diversity of soils and “climats”, a unique specificity in the world that was approved as part of the World Heritage by UNESCO.
Despite this Burgundian specificity, Pinot Noir from Côte d’Or reveals elegance and expression of unique finesse. Château de Marsannay’s team harvests grapes at perfect maturity, which gives wines fresh fruit aromas and a fine and light texture. Depending on the vintage, wines are rich and heavy or fresh and crunchy. All have this characteristic of minerality from their terroir.
If the Pinot Noir from Burgundy reveals that much from their terroir, it is because grapes are grown in its northern limit. Farther north, it is not mature and further to the south its aromas lose their freshness.
Wine for each occasion
At Château de Marsannay, we produce wines for every moment: great wines to share with connoisseurs and wines for meals with family or friends. When you open a bottle, this distinction needs to be done because you can be disappointed by the care reserved for a bottle of Chambertin opened during a friendly reunion! Wine celebrates sharing and the pleasure of being together, it must be selected according to the circumstances. It is the same for the dishes. Wines from Marsannay are sublime with a nice piece of red meat. Vosne-Romanée En Orveaux should rather be served with Bresse Poultry filled with foie gras and truffles. The Clos de Vougeot is sublime with a roast mallard and a puree of chestnuts.
Seasons also play an important role. The Marsannay Rosé is a summer wine whilst the Marsannay’s whites and Champs Perdrix match with the spring and the fall softness. They are perfect with the famous gougères (Burgundian appetizers) and the vivacity of seafood
The Gevrey-Chambertins and the Marsannay reds’ “climats”, such as Echezots, Longeroies, Favières are appreciated especially with long and slowly cooked dishes. These meals develop the aromatic complexity of red wines.
Beautiful ageing potential
Côte de Nuits wines easily age ten years in a good cellar. At Château de Marsannay, wines are stored in vaulted cellars built in a Cistercian style. Cellars guarantee a constant temperature and level of humidity.
Wines from Côte de Beaune (vines of the Hospices of Dijon), are more supple and reach their very top after 5 to 7 years.