Côte Chalonnaise et appellations

Appellation Montagny:

Montagny, a Great White Burgundy Wine

A village appellation from the Côte Chalonnaise, it contains 51 "climats" classified as "premier cru" or first growths.

The wines are produced in the villages of Montagny-lès-Buxy, Buxy, Saint-Vallerin and Juily-lès-Buxy.


Montagny, exclusively white, has to the eye, all the classic traits of a Burgundy Chardonnay: clear, golden, with slight green glints, then as it ages, buttercup yellow. Its usual aromas evoke acacia, hawthorn, honeysuckle, bramble flowers, sometimes violets and fern. From a different angle there is added citronella and flint. Hazelnut and honey are not surprising, neither is white peach nor pear. In the mouth it is a fresh wine, young in character, dashing and friendly, rich with repeating spicy aromas. The finesse and delicacy of the taste are matched with a structured and durable frame.

350 hectares of excellence

For a long time kept quiet and reserved for an elite handful of informed connoisseurs, Montagny today offers its elegance and freshness as one of the great white wines of Burgundy to an ever-growing number of enthusiastic members of the general public.

The era of the monks

In the Lord's vineyards, the monks from the powerful neighbouring abbeys of Cluny, Tournus and La Ferté, as well as the cannons of Chalon didn't take long to discover the virtues of the precious white wines born on the slopes of Montagny. A treasure that they helped to highlight from the Middle Ages, as is shown in the many piously protected documents.

AOC since 1936

As an additional proof of quality, Montagny was one of the first Burgundies to acquire its "patents of nobility", being granted its "Appellation d' Origine Contrôlée" by the INAO in 1936. Today, whilst respecting the Burgundian traditions but without ignoring the contributions to quality brought by the science of oenology, the union of producers of the "Grand Vins Blancs de Montagny", which brings together the winemakers, is working to ensure a wider knowledge and appreciation of the wines of Montagny.

Montagny and Gastronomy

Montagny can be drunk chilled as an aperitif on its own. It also goes well with a plate of charcuterie - a great moment of pleasure - and it is perfect to accompany white meats. However, by far the best is its remarkable alliance with any kind of seafood or fish, especially that found in our rivers, from tiny fried bleaks to a big carp, from succulent perch to the noble zander and the royal pike.

Events in the Vineyards :


La Fête de la Saint-Vincent
This is a tradition in the viticultural world where he is the Patron Saint. The celebration takes place each year at the end of January/beginning of February in different winemaking village within the canton. The village concerned is decorated by its inhabitants.

La Saint-Vincent de Montagny
Montagny honours its Patron Saint every year on the third Sunday in January.


Les Agapes du Montagny
An annual occasion during which the Montagny producers welcome you and introduce you to their wares. An excellent moment to discover the Montagny appellation!


Pontus de Tyard Days
at the château of Bissy-sur-Fley, organized by the association "Renaissance du Château Pontus de Tyard".

Les Gourmanziks at Saint-Gengoux-le-National

A day rich in music with the Vignerons de Buxy and the cellars of Saint-Gengoux-le-National on the third Saturday in June: tastings of wines and local produce.


La fête du vin doux
At the beginning of October in the heart of the vineyards, the winemakers celebrate the new wine.

"La Paulée" of the Côte Chalonnaise

In October, all the winemakers of the Côte Chalonnaise gather together in Chalon-sur-Saône to celebrate the end of the harvest and the birth of the new vintage.

Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise

Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise, a regional appellation

The wines of the appellation Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise are red, rosé and white wines which are produced within the 44 communes spread through the cantons of Buxy, Chagny, Givry et Mont-Saint-Vincent.

On the label, the words CÔTE CHALONNAISE must be written directly under the name BOURGOGNE.


For the reds (Pinot Noir), a clear and sharp colour, purple or ruby red, sometimes towards a dark garnet. Small red (strawberry, redcurrant) or black (blackcurrant, blueberry) fruits are present, sometimes differing with notes of cherry stone. It is not surprising to find animal notes or mushroom. In the mouth, it takes over. The texture is firm, a little austere when young, but it has stamina and its roundness is able to smooth out any roughness. Acidity and tannins go well together. There is a tiny production of rosé or "clairet" (Pinot Noir).

For the whites (Chardonnay), the complexion is clear, brightened with grey-gold glints. White flowers (hawthorn, honeysuckle), dried fruits with notes that are lemony, sometimes aniseed, suggestions of warm croissants, honey. Bold and well presented, the subject is well mastered. It has a lively and frank attack with the necessary delicacy.

The Burgundies of the Côte Chalonnaise are a reflection of their home: diverse and always expressive. Whites and reds can be enjoyed quite simply on any occasion.

Appellation Mâcon Saint-Gengoux-le-National

L'appellation Mâcon Saint-Gengoux-le-National est une dénomination géographique complémentaire de l'appellation Régionale "Mâcon". Depuis le décret de 2005, le nom de Mâcon suivi de Saint-Gengoux-le-National désigne les vins blancs, rouges et rosés issus de l'aire délimitée à l'intérieur de villages de l'extrême Nord-ouest du vignoble du Mâconnais. Il assure la transition vers la Côte chalonnaise dont il occupe les premiers escarpements. L'appellation est produite dans les deux villages les plus au sud de la communauté de communes Sud Côte Chalonnaise : Saint-Gengoux-le-National et Burnand.

D'un bel or jaune mat, le vin blanc offre un nez très aromatique marqué par les fruits à coque (amande), fruits à chair jaune (abricot, pêche), mêlés à une palette florale quelque peu miellée, notamment en vieillissant. En bouche, il présente un bon volume, doublé d'un gras qui lui donne rondeur et souplesse.

D'un beau rubis clair et brillant, le vin rouge s'ouvre sur des notes de grenadine et de gelée de groseille qui lui apportent un fruité flatteur. En l'aérant d'avantage, la chaleur des épices (cannelle, poivre blanc) se révèle, avec un accent plus animal (musc). En bouche, les tanins, bien présents mais souples, procurent une sensation gourmande.

“La Route des Grands Vins”

The Côte Chalonnaise offers both its wines and its hilly landscape. To appreciate all of these marvels, follow the "Route des Grands Vins": between the cheerful valleys of the Maranges and the Grosne, it passes through 40 communes. Here, for more than a thousand years, the vines planted by the monks of Cluny have dominated the slopes. Along the way, you will discover wine estates and imposing winemaker's houses, bearing witness to a very old tradition.The winemakers are happy to welcome you to their wineries!

Follow the bunch of grapes signs and enjoy around 100 km of roads and paths crossing the vineyards of the Côte Chalonnaise and the Couchois. From Santenay to Saint-Gengoux-le National, discover a "terroir" full of the great Burgundy wine appellations (Bouzeron, Rully, Givry, Mercurey, Montagny).