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wine tasting at Chateau de Meursault

Wine Tasting in Meursault and the Route Des Grands Crus

Wine tasting options are abundant in the premier wine village of Meursault, known for some of the most renowned wines in the world. A simple walk through the streets of Meursault and nearby villages will take you past countless vintners who offer tastings (dégustations) of their wines in a small, intimate setting. Look for a sign that says "Caveau" or "Degustation". If they are "Ouvert" that means they are open and happy to welcome you.

The chateaux in the villages along the Bourgogne Route des Grands Crus offer tours of their centuries-old cellars, as well as guided tastings and food and wine experiences. Plus, you can wander their grounds and enjoy their gardens.

Here are a few of our favorite places to go wine tasting near our holiday rental cottage in Meursault.

Primarily made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, wines from Meursault and the Côtes de Beaune area (Bourgogne or Burgundy wines) taste significantly different than wines made from the same varietals in the US or other countries. Meursault wine is known for it's smoothness, freshness, and length on the palette. The expert staff in the tasting rooms are happy to explain how wines vary in flavor depending on where they are grown within the region.

There are two types of tasting experiences in France: small private domaines and chateaux or larger domaine tours / experiences.

Smaller Domaines- For a more personal experience, stop in to a small tasting room for a single domaine. These intimate tasting rooms pepper Meursault and the nearby villages. A knowledgeable staff member, and maybe even a winemaker him or herself, will pour for you. In smaller tasting rooms, there is often no charge to taste, but they'd like you to buy a bottle. The tasting staff often talk with one customer at a time and the French are generally reserved during the tasting which can seem a bit aloof. Not to worry, they are happy you are there and enjoy sharing information about their wines. If you see a sign for "Caveau Ouvert" or "Dégustations Ouvert" it means a tasting room is open and you are welcome to stop in.

Tours / Chateaux- The chateaux offer tours of the cellars and guided tastings with groups. For those used to American-style tasting rooms, such as in Napa Valley, this experience is more what you’d be familiar with. You can enjoy tasting from a menu of wines for a fee, typically with a expert guide to explain each wine. Reservations are often required.

There are also many larger domaines you would recognize in and around Beaune (such as Domaine Drouhin, Bouchard Ainé et Fils) that are also in this style of tours / guided tastings for a fee. Find a list of larger domaine tasting rooms here.

Did you know the Climats de Bourgogne are a UNESCO World Heritage site? The climats of Burgundy were added to the UNESCO list in 2015 to preserve this unique, 2000-year old cultural heritage. As you explore Meursault and the villages nearby, or gaze at the rolling hills of vineyards, or taste the wine grown in tradition ways, you are participating in a world heritage activity. Learn more about the Climats de Bourgogne and their place on the World Heritage list.

Opening Hours

Most larger wine tasting rooms and chateaux are open everyday, all year (except Christmas and New Years). Smaller caveaux are often closed December-March. Some are open during lunch and some are open Sundays, but it varies by winery.

Caveau Tasting in Meursault

Ropiteau Frères

Ropiteau Freres Wine Tasting Meursault near Beaune

Location: Meursault, 13 Rue du 11 Novembre
Website | Tel: +33 (0)3 80 21 24 73 | email
Hours: 9:30a-6:30p from Easter through 3rd Weekend of November

A short walk from Meursault’s village square, this charming wine tasting room has knowledgeable staff who are happy to educate you while you taste Ropiteau Frère red and white wines. They also offer tours of their caves.

Domaine Monnier & Fils

Domaine Jean Monnier & Fils Wine Tasting Meursault

Location: Main Square Meursault
Website | Tel:+33 3 80 21 22 56

This wine shop offers tastings right on the main square in Meursault. With wines from their domaine only, they offer a range of whites and reds including Meursault premier crus. They will ship internationally with no VAT for non-EU residents (20% savings)).

Noël Chouet

Noel Chouet Wine Tasting Meursault

Location: Meursault, 4 Rue du Moulin Foulot
Website | Tel:+33 (0)6 88 02 40 08 | email

The Chouet family has been making wine for ten generations, since 1370. Their tasting room is nestled in the courtyard of the family estate, across the street from Chateau de Meursault.

Terrasses de Citeaux

Chateau de Citeaux Wine Tasting Meursault Chateau de Citeaux Wine Tasting Meursault- outdoor patio seating

Location: Meursault, 7 Place de la République
Website | Tel:+33 3 80 21 20 32

Across from the back of the church, this tasting room offers the delectable wines of Philippe Bouzereau, made from vineyards across the Cote de Beaune. The tasting room has lovely views of the Chateau de Citeaux and vineyards.

Chateaux and Larger Domaine Tasting

Chateau de Meursault

Chateau de Meursault Wine Tasting and Cave Tours

Location: Meursault, 5 Rue de Moulin Foulot
Website | Tel:+33 3 80 26 22 75

A short walk from our holiday rental cottage, Chateau de Meursault is a wonderful wine tasting experience. Start with a tour of the cellars that wander through their development between the 12th and 16th centuries. At the end, taste a number of wines with a guide who will explain how the flavor is affected by where the vines are located along the hillsides of Meursault. Make a reservation to be sure you can get a spot on a tour in your language. The private wine tasting and tour is well worth the extra fee if you want a more personal experience in a private room.

Chateau de Pommard

Location: Pommard, 15 Rue Marey-Monge
Website | Tel:+33 3 80 22 07 99
Hours: Apr-Nov 7 days 9:30a-6:30p | Dec-Mar 18 9:30a-5:30p

Chateau de Pommard offers wine tastings without reservations at their chateau welcome desk. For a more in-depth wine exploration, they offer six immersive "Wine Experiences", including a 45-minute wine tasting / education experience with a professional, a gourmet food and wine experience, and even an wine tasting in which they distract your kids while you taste wine. Wine tasting experiences must be booked in advance: Wine Experience Reservations.

Chateau de Santenay

Chateau Santenay Wine Tasting

Location: Santenay, 1, rue du Château
Website | Tel:+33 3 80 20 61 87

Explore the lovely grounds and the 9th century cellars or just stop in for some wine tasting. They offer a wine tasting lunch that inlcudes a cellar tour and a paired lunch in the Salle des Gardes (book in advance.) This chateau is open all year and even weekends and public holidays. The wines are lovely and you don’t need a reservation just to taste wine, but tours are on a set schedule so it’s good to call ahead to the chateau to be sure what time they are offered are in your language.

Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet

Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet Wine Tasting

Location: Chassagne Montrachet, 5 chemin du chateau
Website | Tel:+33 3 80 21 98 57

Taste from a menu of wines inside the old chateau. The wine is pure Bourgogne while the tasting experience is more Napa Valley. If you prefer a menu with a fee to taste, then this is the right place to go. While you'll have a guide for the tasting who is very knoweldgeable about Burgundy wines, the overall experience is less intimidating than smaller wine tasting rooms.

Route des Grands Crus

Villages along the Route des Grands Crus

Map of Villages on Route des Grands Crus

Meursault is on the world-renowned Route des Grands Crus, a 60km road that runs through 38 picturesque wine villages alongside the UNESCO World Heritage vineyards of Bourgogne. Within about 5km in either direction or our holiday rental houses, you can enjoy verdant rolling vineyards, visit wine making chateaux, and taste some of the best wines in the world.

Getting around

To discover the smaller tasting rooms along the Route, just follow the brown "Route des Grands Crus" signs to any of the wine villages and wander around. The roads are well-marked with directional signs to each village. If a wine maker has a "caveau" or "degustation" sign, they offer tasting.

To plan a route to some of the larger wine tasting enterprises or to hire a car or bike tour, check out the Beaune Route des Grands Crus tourism page.