Château du Gray, Bourgogne Chardonnay,
The story of Château du Gray Bourgogne Chardonnay begins with Maison André Goichot, founded in 1947 near Meursault, one of the most renowned negociants in Burgundy. Based in Beaune since 2000, as one of the last family businesses, the House's story continues with the 3rd generation. Owner of Château de la Guiche since 1979 in Montagny, the estate grows in 2015 through Domaine les Guignottes with 10 hectares of Montagny, Montagny 1er Cru and Santenay.
In 2017, we complemented our estate with the 25-hectare Château du Cray in Buxy near Mercurey. In addition, the development of our negociant activity has allowed us to build several strong partnerships in the most renowned Burgundy appellations.
The addition of a more precise indication of geographical origin to the Bourgogne regional appellation may help wine lovers in their choice. The appellation Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise dates from 1990 and recognises the distinct personality of wines from the 44 communes in the north of the Saône-et-Loire department, an area about 40 km long and 5 to 8 km wide. These wines have been rightly appreciated since the time of Bishop Gregory of Tours (6th century AD) in and around the bustling port of Chalon-sur-Saône, an important market centre on a tributary of the Rhône.
Located between the Dheune and Grosne valleys and open to the south, the Côte Chalonnaise offers a less rugged landscape than those of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits to the north. These rolling hills are foothills of the Massif Central created by the creation of the Bresse Valley. In the north, limestone and lias and trias form the eastern slopes.
South of the Bissey granite formation, the slopes slope east or west to the hills of the Mâconnais. The soils below the Bajocian limestone corniche are marl-like, with sands and shale- or flint-bearing clay at the foot of the slopes where there are also some pebbles. Altitude ranges from 250 to 350 metres.