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Maranges


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Maranges is a wine appellation that takes its name from the suffixes of three village names in the Côte de Beaune: Cheilly-lès-Maranges, Dezize-lès-Maranges, and Sampigny-lès-Maranges. Altogether the three villages make up about 5.7 square miles; about 420 acres of vineyards exist. Roughly half of the 420 acres makes up Maranges' 9 Premiers Crus.

The majority of Maranges production is red wine from Pinot Noir. The wines are simple in style, but generally are fairly dense and should be aged for a while to show their best flavors. Despite the fact that less than 5% of production is made up of Chardonnay-based white wine, the few whites produced here often show more promise than the reds.

History

Maranges was given AOC status in 1989. Up until then, most Maranges producers were labeling their wine under the Côte de Beaune-Villages appellation. Since Maranges has yet to gain serious recognition for either its red or white wines, a number of them still do.

Climate and Viticulture

The four villages are located in the very south of the Côte de Beaune, meaning that their wine rarely has the depth and sophistication achieved by some of the limestone hills and cooler weather of the more northerly appellations. Nonetheless, good weather conditions and above-average soil means that good, if not excellent, wine can be made.

Grape Varieties

Major Producers

Here are three good producers for Maranges, including one producer of Chardonnay-based white wine. The wines are discussed under subregions below.

Subregions