Welcome to Terroirist Tuesday! This week’s topic: Cote Chalonnaise, Part 2 of 3
by L.M. Archer, FWS
Welcome back, dear readers! Well, how did you do on last week’s Côte Chalonnaise Geek Quiz? Answers below:
1. The Cote Chalonnaise includes the following subregion(s): Côtes du Couchois
Some other fun factoids about Côtes du Couchois:
- It’s small – ~15 acres total. (~5.90 hectares.)
- #1 Varietal: Pinot Noir.
- It holds a Regional appellation: Bourgogne du Chouchois.
2. Côte Chalonnaise produces: More white than red wine.
- White production = 55%
- Red production = 45%
Major white wine producing villages include:
- Bouzeron: 100% Aligote.
- Rully: Chardonnay accounts for 2/3 wine production Also, the first Burgundian appelation to craft sparkling wine in the méthode traditionnelle, and the center of Burgundy’s Crémant de Bourgogne production.
- Montagny: 100% Chardonnay.
3. Cote Chalonnaise soils: Most resemble Côte de Beaune to its north.
Complex question, just like Burgundy’s soils!
Here’s the story: A big, bad gap, called the Blanzy Rift, separates the Côte de Beaune from the Côte Chalonniase. Despite the rift, the soils of northern Côte de Chalonnaise most resemble Côte de Beaune’s Jurassic limestone and marls.
Moving south, the soils age. Southern Côte Chalonnaise’s Montagny mix it up with Liassic and Triassic limestone, sand, clay and quartz.
4. Burgundy’s only village appellation for aligoté: Bouzeron.
Hold on to your hats for this one! Bouzeron is Burgundy’s only 100% Aligoté appellation!
Well, that concludes this week’s Terroirist Tuesday…hope you had fun and learned something!
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