This month, we are going to introduce you to a beautiful appellation that amazes us with its great voluptuous white wines.
historical village of Burgundy wines
This small village in the Côte de Beaune is recognized as a historic village of French and Burgundian viticulture. Here, Chardonnay reigns supreme and its vineyard is wedged between two emblematic villages: Chassagne-Montrachet to the south and Meursault to the north. These 3 villages where the production of dry and fleshy white wine proliferates are considered as the place of production of the greatest chardonnays of the world.
The culture of the vine is omnipresent there since 2000 years. In the Middle Ages, the vineyards were governed by abbeys, notably the abbey of Cîteaux whose monks shaped the Burgundian landscape. In the modern period, the reputation of Puligny-Montrachet grew thanks to the quality of its wines and allowed the village to be considered as a historical village of French and Burgundian viticulture.
Terroir of Puligny Montrachet
This vineyard is often considered as very modest, but the appellation area is nevertheless 225 hectares. These climates, almost entirely planted with Chardonnay, produce the greatest white wines in the world and almost all the vines on the slopes are classified as Premier Crus and Grand Crus.
The vineyard is planted on brown limestone soils in some places and limestone soils where marly clay-limestone banks alternate. In some places the soil is deep but the vine can grow right on the bedrock. On the upper slopes there are thick clayey silts and on the lower slopes fine grains. The soil of this appellation is generally rocky, and allows for good drainage, which gives the Chardonnay the resources necessary to express a beautiful minerality, salinity and citrus notes that are unmatched anywhere.
It has an ideal exposure to the east and south-east between 230 and 320 meters above sea level and the vineyard is sheltered from the winds by the Montagne de Châtelet de Montmalin as well as by the Mont Rachet (or bald mountain).
Characteristic of the wines :
A short history of the Montrachet appellation
“This story goes back to the time of the crusades. On the hill of Montrachet was a castle whose lord sent his son to the war in the Holy Land. During this period, he met a young girl at the “Clos de la Pucelle” (1er cru). A child was born from this union: the bastard Montrachet. The legitimate son who went on crusade was named Chevalier Montrachet. The Chevalier Montrachet died and the Lord of Montrachet decided to name his illegitimate son as his successor. To welcome him the people of the village acclaimed him “Welcome to the Bastard Montrachet”. The Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru takes its name from this legend.”