Aux Murgers

Aux Murgers is a Premier Cru-classified site at the northern end of the Nuits-Saint-Georges commune in Burgundy. The site is planted entirely to Pinot Noir of which is well suited to the terroir here, giving an elegant, yet full-bodied wine with bright characters of black fruit and spice.

The vineyard lies on the midslope of the Cote d’Or, below the La Richemone and Aux Chaignots Premier Cru climats. This part of the slope offers a gentler incline than higher on the hill, and is considered to be more favorable than land at higher elevations. The land below Aux Murgers is sanctioned only for the production of more basic village wine.

The vineyard faces toward the southeast, an aspect that gives vines good access to the sunlight throughout the growing season. This helps to encourage ripening in the cool Burgundian climate, and grapes are able to reach optimum levels of sugars and phenols prior to harvest, without compromising acidity.

Aux Murgers’ vines sit atop a deep, rocky soil that offers an excellent terroir for winegrowing. Composed mainly of Comblanchien limestone, the soils range from pebbly to sandy, and overall offer very good drainage. This drainage helps limit the water intake of the vine, which lessens vigor and yield, leading to the production of small, concentrated berries.

The word murger has a particular significance here in Burgundy. It denotes a dry-stone wall constructed of stones cleared away from rocky vineyard sites. There are murgers scattered all over Burgundy but, as the fashion of making these walls has died out, so has the word itself; it now survives almost exclusively in the names of Burgundy’s lieux-dits and vineyards (notably Saint-Aubin’s Murgers des Dents de Chien vineyard, which overlooks the Montrachet Grands Crus). The word, which is closely related to mur (“wall”), ultimately derives from the Latin word murex, meaning “rock”. It also crops up in southern Italy’s wine lexicon (see Murgia IGT).