Saint-Desert, Côte Chalonnaise, Burgundy.

he Côte Chalonnaise is the continuation of the Côte de Beaune. Just north of Chagny the département of Côte d'Or ends and you are in the Saône-et-Loire. The Côte Chalonnaise continues for about 25 kilometres, until you reach the Mâconnais. As the name suggests this part of Burgundy is centered around Chalon-sur-Saône and its 46 800 inhabitants.

Wine production is no longer a big part of Châlon-sur-Saône itself. Instead you find the vinous activities out in the villages entitled to village appellations – Bouzeron, Rully, Mercurey, Givry and Montagny.

Ususally the Couchois is also included with the Côte Chalonnaise, six communes west of Bouzeron, Rully and Mercurey entitled to the regional appellation Bourgogne Côte du Couchois.

© 2013 Ola Bergman