The Marsannay AOC
is an appellation of the Côte de Nuits in the Côte-d'Or. It is produced in the communes of Marsannay-la-Côte, Couchey and Chenôve.
The vines used to produce Marsannay wine extend from north to south, along the best parts of the slope and at the bottom, at between 255-390 metres altitude, with exposures ranging from due east to due south.The Marsannay vineyards grow in very varied soils from the mid-Jurassic: strata of calcareous grit, fossiliferous limestone, marl known as “à Ostrea acuminata”, an old river bed of the Ouche or alluvial gravel ...
The Marsannay appellation produces red and rosé wines from the Pinot Noir and white wines from the Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. This is the only appellation which produces wines of all three colours. The typical character of Marsannay is that of the Côtes de Nuits, with a style resembling that of the neighbouring appellations of Fixin and Gevrey-Chambertin. The Marsannay reds display an intense colour, a bouquet which is a smooth blend of red and black fruit. On entry to the palate, the reds are powerful and generous, coming together in a long meaty finish. The Marsannays run through the entire gamut of citrus and white flower aromas. They are often full and round on the palate, displaying a fine, persistent minerality. Both reds and whites are delicious when still young, but, given time, will more fully reflect the character of their terroir. Their quality is particularly apparent in the wines produced by Domaine René Bouvier, Domaine Olivier Guyot and Domaine Philippe Charlopin-Parizot.