Puligny-Montrachet

Style - floral, poised, steely, racy

Puligny, along with Chassagne, hyphenated it’s name with it’s most famous vineyard, Le Montrachet, in 1879. For many, this is the most highly reputed village in the Côte de Beaune, and has a long established reputation. The majority of wine produced here is white, but there are still six hectares of Pinot planted, mostly premier cru from plots that adjoin the hamlet of Blagny. The soil is predominantly limestone, deep in some parts with rock exposed at the surface in others. There are 114 hectares of village Puligy produced and 100 hectares of premier cru vineyards, the latter lying between the grand cru vineyards and Meursault. The finest premier crus are the tiny Les Demoiselles, which is less than 1 hectare, Le Cailleret and Les Pucelles which all border Le Montrachet and Chevalier Montrachet and command very high prices. Folatieres, Combettes and Champ Canet are also worth singling out as exceptional.

Higher up the slope, the premier crus do not show the same level of intensity or weight as the soil is much thinner (eg La Garenne, Chalumeux). There are 21 hectares of Grand Cru vineyards and this is really what sets Puligny apart from Chassagne - not only does it share the illustrious Le Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet, it also encompasses all of Bienvenue-Bâtard Montrachet and Chevalier Montrachet. Although the latter is not quite as intense as Le Montrachet, it is for many the next best thing. Bienvenue-Bâtard usually exhibits more finesse and balance over richness.

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