posted on June 1, 2015
A (by no means complete) map of Pernand-Vergelesses important vineyards.
Pernand-Vergelesses is one of the least well-known appellations in Burgundy. The tine village lays claim to eight Premier Crus, and shares a part of the Grand Cru parcels making up Corton-Charlemagne. Only Chardonnay grown in the hard, limestone soils of "En Charlemagne" may claim the Grand Cru - red wines from the parcels are called "Corton."
The Premier Crus soils contain more clay with a high proportion of iron - a perfect home for Pinot Noir. These red wines, while often rustic in their youth, may evolve for decades in a cool, dark cellar. They are among the least expensive Premier Cru red wines in Burgundy, and worth seeking out.
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