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The small appellation in the French wine region law applies only to the Vin Jaune, It covers 45 hectares of vineyards in the municipality named after a monastery Château-Chalon and in three neighboring municipalities. It is said that Vin Jaune was “invented” in this monastery. König was one of the noble lovers of wine from this area Henry IV, Queen Juliana of Holland (1909-2004) and the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II (1868-1918). The extraordinary floor consists of black marl and limestone. A commission checks the quality of the grapes every year. The appellation is not used in bad years, for example in 1974, 1980, 1984 and 2001. The spicy wines from Château-Chalon are among the best vin jaunes of the four appellations where this wine unmixed from Savagnin Blanc ( Traminer ) is pressed. The alcohol content at 12% vol is a little higher than in other areas. Only around 50,000 bottles are produced annually. Well-known producers are Domaine Berthet-Bondet, Jean Bourdy, Philippe Butin, Daniel et Pascal Chalandard, Franck Guigneret, Domaine Jean Macle and Domaine de la Pinte.

Château-Chalon seen from the south
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