The Pinot Noir-based red wine produced in the communes of Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet can't be sold under those appellations, since only white wine is allowed. As a result, the Blagny AOC was created for Premier Cru level Pinot Noir produced in these communes. The Blagny AOC contains entirely red Pinot Noir classified as Premier Cru.
We did not group Blagny with the Montrachet areas precisely because the French government did not. We want people to think of Blagny as a separate appellation even if it does share the same space, and to think of Meursault and Montrachet as producing Chardonnay-based white wine only. There are only 11.5 acres of vineyards, and less than 2,000 cases a year of wine are produced, making this a particularly obscure appellation.
The AOC dates since 1970. It was created in order to give Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet growers a unique name for their wine. However, due to the much lower pedigree of reds from these areas, the label never really caught on. However, if you can find a Blagny it may be a good value.
Climate and Viticulture
The climate in the Blagny AOC is absolutely perfect for white wine from Chardonnay. The rich roundness that Chardonnay takes on in Meursault and the Montrachet areas does not, however, emerge in red wine from the same area. On the contrary, the average Blagny Pinot Noir is intense and backward at first, requiring aging to show a still full-bodied earthy character.
- Pinot Noir: Usually known for its concentrated but approachable flavors, Pinot makes wine of a different style in Blagny. Indeed, it often needs five or so years to open up in bottle before it shows good earthy flavors with a thick texture.
Two producers in particular can be consistently looked to for well-pedigreed, affordable wine in Blagny.
- Domaine Ampeau
- Domaine Pierre Matrot
The Blagny area is subdivided into seven Premiers Crus.
- La Garenne
- Hameau de Blagny
- La Jeunelotte
- La Pièce sous le Bois: The most common (although not very common at that) Premier Cru in Blagny. Both producers listed above make their wine at La Pièce sous le Bois.
- Sous Blagny
- Sous le Dos d'Ane
- Sous le Puits