By Erin Scala.
Nestled in the Côte de Beaune, up against the hill of Corton, is the commune of Pernand-Vergelesses. In the 700s Charlemagne owned vineyards on the hill, and the history here is rich and peppered with Charlemagne legends. Soils are limestone based, but iron rich and tinted red in some areas (just like Charlemagne’s famous beard). Of its premier crus, the famed vineyard is Ile de Vergelesses.
The region produces about half red and half white wine, and is equally known for both, which makes it kind of a unique area in Burgundy, whose sub-regions usually specialize in one or the other.
Once known for high quality Aligote, today it’s becoming more and more well known for aromatically rich Chardonnay that drinks great at 3-5 years, and Pinot Noir that also has a spiciness to it.
And the region has had somewhat of a quiet Renaissance — if appellation attention is any indication of a region’s growing importance, Pernand-Vergelesses had several premier cru vineyards added in 2002. But perhaps most useful for wine drinkers is the fact that Pernand-Vergelesses has become more popular as a semi-affordable Burgundy choice as prices for many well-known villages have skyrocketed in the last couple decades.
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About Erin Scala: Originally from Virginia’s wine country, Erin Scala’s earliest memories of wine include picking and crushing grapes as a child. Scala moved to Manhattan in 2008 and had fun working at PUBLIC, a one-Michelin star restaurant in Nolita, and their adjacent bar, The Daily. She was inspired by the restaurant’s Australian and New Zealand-focused wine list, and in 2013, was honored by Wine Enthusiast in their “40 Under 40” feature for the depth of her selections from the region. After a stint at The Musket Room, Erin moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to run the wine program at Fleurie Restaurant and Petit Pois Bistro. When she’s not working on a Warm Up for the podcast, Scala is off in search of a vineyard, drumming, or writing her blog www.Thinking-Drinking.com. You can also follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
The village of Pernand Vergelesses in Burgundy © Pachot | Dreamstime.com –