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Pernand-Vergelesses


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Along with Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny, Pernand-Vergelesses is one of the three Côte de Beaune villages that makes up the Corton hill. Famous for its deep, complex reds and elegant whites, the Corton hill is home to three Grands Crus and hundreds of the most prestigious wines in the world. The Pernand village, which encompasses 2.16 square miles and about 334 acres of vineyards, has its own Premier Cru wines, albeit somewhat obscure.

There are nine Premier Cru vineyards, three of which are used for white wine only. They make up about half of all Pernand-Vergelesses land. The white wine, which is satisfactorily made in a "mini-Corton-Charlemagne" style, is often some of the most well-priced Côte de Beaune wine. The red wine, which is similar to Corton but much less complex, is less of a value, but still reliable. Nowadays about 15,000 cases are produced, split between red and white.

History

Pernand-Vergelesses was recognized as AOC along with several of the other second-wave appellations, in 1970. No less than 42 years had passed since Aloxe-Corton, a very similar village, had been recognized. White production has been steadily increasing, now making up almost half of overall production.

Climate and Viticulture

Like Aloxe-Corton's, Pernand-Vergelesses' vineyards are located at the base of a hill. The benefit of this is the shelter from wind and horizontal rain, but the problem is that the land is flat. Corton-Charlemagne and Corton make for richer, more complex wines due to their high elevation and the better slope of the land. As a result, there are great differences in character between Pernand-Vergelesses' wines and the ones with Grand Cru distinction.

Still, the Premier Cru vineyards are just as worthy as any, and a number of weather and soil conditions are shared between Pernand-Vergelesses and the Grand Cru appellations. For consumers who are neither ultra-wealthy nor obsessed with viticultural minutiae, Pernand-Vergelesses is still a place for great red and white wine.

Grape Varieties

Major Producers

There are not so many clearly leading producers in Pernand-Vergelesses, and the relative obscurity of the region means that expert opinions are rather difficult to find. Clearly, the producers must be divided into two sections: one for red wine, and one for white wine. All their wines are discussed in the below subregions section.

Here is a list of the five best Pinot Noir producers of Pernand-Vergelesses.

There are few enough Chardonnays in Pernand-Vergelesses for most of them to be fairly good; the eminently available four are mentioned here.

Subregions

Pernand-Vergelesses has a significant share of the Corton hill, so the three Grands Crus Charlemagne, Corton, and Corton-Charlemagne all are part of Pernand-Vergelesses. Learn about these three vineyards on the Corton areas page.

The Pernand-Vergelesses commune is home to nine Premiers Crus.