Ask Sid: What is Meursault Charmes-Dessus?

September 19th, 2018
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Question: Tasted a 2015 Meursault Les Charmes-Dessus from Château de Meursault and wondered what is Dessus?

Answer: Some vineyards in Burgundy historically divided the appellation between the higher section (Dessus) normally considered better and the lower part (Dessous). These terms are still used on labels to explain which part of the vineyard the grapes in the wine come from  though you see the preferred Dessus more often than the usually lesser Dessous. Meursault Charmes is quite a large and diverse area so if there is no Dessus on the label you don’t know the specific part of it where the grapes are grown within that Premier cru region. May or may not be all Dessus or a mix of Dessus and Dessous. Hope this helps.

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September 19th, 2018

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