Village Appellation of the Côte Chalonnaise district (dept. of Saône-et-Loire). The vineyard of the appellation covers 343.46 hectares of which 2/3 in white.
Subtle differences in the wines are due to differences in soil, exposure and altitude, all of which vary considerably hereabouts. At heights of 230-300 metres, the hill-slopes produce wines which can compete with the best wines of the nearby Côte de Beaune. The Pinot Noir grape grows on brown or limey soils with little clay in their make-up. The Chardonnay grape prefers a clay-limestone soil.
Pneumatic pressing in full harvest for 2 hours. 24-hour settling then alcoholic fermentation in barrels. Stir lees once a week to develop the aromatic potential. About 15% new French oak barrels.
This wine is gold flecked with green, and the gold deepens with age. It is redolent with superb aromas of hedgerow flowers (acacia, may, honeysuckle, and a very delicate elderflower) as well as violet, lemon, white peach or flint. Time brings out honey, quince, and dried fruits. Indeed, this wine is full of fruit, which on the palate is lively and well-rounded, meaty and long. It has both the coolness and the polish of marble.
The length, breadth and fruit of Rully call for delicate foods and tender flesh. One thinks immediately of fried river-fish, sea-fish in white sauce, or hot crustaceans. Its fruit means that it adapts well to hard cheeses such as Comté, and conducts an amicable dialogue with fine poultry in cream sauces. It can also be enjoyed as a pre-dinner drink.
Between 12° to14°C
Between 3 to 12 years