We sought out a domaine in the Côte Chalonaise for quite some time, so we were delighted to find Jean-Pierre Charton. Located in Mercurey, Jean-Pierre works his 21 hectares of vines with much care. His goal is to produce wonderfully friendly wines that offer all the appeal of juicy Pinot Noir without the rusticity that Mercurey was long famed for. Clive Coates has listed Jean-Pierre as one of the best domaines in the region. We have to concur.
This blanket regional appellation can apply to wines throughout Burgundy (60% of the area's production) as long as they comply with regulations relating to grape type, yield and alcohol content. Reds and roses are from Pinot Noir or Gamay. Whites are Chardonnay. They are usually the most straightforward of the Burgundy wines, and as a result are the least expensive and the most approachable upon release. In the hands of a more serious producer these can represent exceptional value and quality. The wines are made with the same care and attention to detail as their grander wines. However, they may not qualify for a village or communal appellation because the vines are too young or the vineyard area is outside the appellation boundary.