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The town hall in Meursault
The town hall in Meursault
Coat of arms of Meursault
Coat of arms
Meursault is located in France
Location within Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region
Meursault is located in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Coordinates: 46°58′44″N 4°46′16″E / 46.9789°N 4.7711°E / 46.9789; 4.7711Coordinates: 46°58′44″N 4°46′16″E / 46.9789°N 4.7711°E / 46.9789; 4.7711
Country France
Region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Côte-d'Or
Arrondissement Beaune
Canton Ladoix-Serrigny
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Claude Monnier
Area1 16.22 km2 (6.26 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,566
 • Density 97/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 21412 /21190
Elevation 199–458 m (653–1,503 ft)
(avg. 243 m or 797 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Meursault is a commune in the Côte-d'Or department and region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France.

Geography and viticulture[edit]

Meursault is an Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) in the Côte de Beaune subregion of the Burgundy wine region. It lies along the foot of the Côte-d'Or escarpment, around Beaune and with the broad Saône valley plain to its east. Meursault produces mainly white wines from Chardonnay grapes, primarily in a style with a clear oak influence, which have led to descriptions such as "buttery" to be applied to powerful examples of Meursault wines. Within the Meursault AOC there are some Premier Cru vineyards, but no Grand Cru. This has however not stopped the wines of Meursault from competing with the white burgundies from the villages Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet, where several Grands Crus are situated. The town of Meursault is home to the international wine event La Paulée de Meursault.


Meursault is situated on a prehistoric settlement.

Mont Mélian is a Gallo-Roman camp. The old Roman Fort remains are still visible on the hill (known and signposted as "La Montagne") above the village. The name of Meursault derives from muris saltus, the "mouse-leap" stream of the Ruisseau des Cloux, so named by the Roman soldiers.[1]

The hôpital de Meursault is an old hospital, dating from the twelfth century, that was originally used to treat leprosy.

Meursault was used in the film La Grande Vadrouille. The town hall, very recognisable with its Burgundy coloured roof, is used in some scenes, with it catching fire.


List of mayors
Year Name Party Background
March 2001 M. Jean-Claude Monnier
Earlier data are not yet known.


Historical population

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