The Maranges appellation includes 7 Premiers Crus « climats » (named plots). Red wines grown within the defined area of this appellation may also claim the appellation Côte de Beaune-Villages. Producing communes : Cheilly-lès-Maranges, Dezize-lès-Maranges, Sampigny-lès-Maranges. Although lying in the department of Saône-et-Loire, this appellation forms an integral part of the Côte de Beaune.
The Maranges red boasts a brilliant colour - raspberry red, or sometimes darker and tending towards purple. Its fruit-laden bouquet is of blackcurrant buds, and spiced or preserved red fruits. The mouth, fresh, and tinged with liquorice, lays down a meaty foundation for peppery flavours. These wines have just enough acidity to ensure 3 or
4 years' laying-down (more in the best years). Tannins are smooth, warm and melting, and vinosity is intense.
The white wine is fine gold in colour, and is redolent of white flower scents (hawthorn, acacia, honeysuckle). With age, notes of gunflint or honey give depth to its personality. This wine is smooth and subtle, not forceful but refined in its details. Both reds and whites have won admirers among wine-lovers, especially since the Saint-Vincent Tournante of 1997.
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