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Montrachet

Grand cru location or appellation in the Côte de Beaune area, the southern part of the Cote d'Or, It encompasses eight hectares of vineyards, which are divided almost exactly in half between the two neighboring communities of Chassagne-Montrachet (here the location is referred to as "Le Montrachet") and Puligny-Montrachet (here "Montrachet"). The location has been known since the 13th century and was known as Mons Rachicencis, Mont Rachaz, Mont Rachat and from the 15th century as Montrachat. Towards the end of the 19th century, the name of the location was added to the name of the community. The ground consists of a 50 cm thick layer of brown limestone weathering rubble in the lower area. The location is surrounded by a wall ( Clos ).

Only white wine is made from the variety here Chardonnay produced. It is one of the best white wines in France and the world. The famous writer Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) was overwhelmed to learn that the Montrachet white wines should be enjoyed "kneeling and bare-headed". They are characterized by a honey-like aroma with a peach and apricot bouquet. The wines from Chassagne's predominantly south-facing locations are considered to be bulkier and fatter, while those from Puligny are considered to be finer and more elegant. The less important red wines are made from pure varieties Pinot Noir produced.

In the area of the two municipalities, however, there are another four locations classified as Grand Cru with the name “Montrachet”, which are located around the Grand Cru location in Montrachet (see map below). These are Bâtard-Montrachet, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet. In addition, there are still many premier cru locations in the two municipal areas, which is part of the Burgundy classification the second quality level. All wines from the other areas are marketed under the local AOC names Chassagne-Montrachet or Puligny-Montrachet. This illustrates the complicated and confusing system of quality classification of locations or wines in the Burgundy,

Of the five Grand Cru locations, two share the two municipalities; as already mentioned, these are “Montrachet” or “Le Montrachet” (8 ha) and “Bâtard-Montrachet” (12 ha). In the film “The Silence of the Lambs” Hannibal Lecter orders a Bâtard-Montrachet after he has escaped in a restaurant. The five grands crus apply exclusively to white wines. The best known producers of wines from Grand Cru and / or Premier Cru locations in one or both municipalities include Amiot-Bonfils, Auvenay, Belland, Bichot (Domaine du Pavillon), Boillot, Bouchard Père et Fils, Carillon, Colin, Déléger, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Joseph Drouhin Gagnard Jadot, Lafon, Laguiche, Latour Louis. Domaine Leflaive, Morey, Niellon, Pernot, Ramonet, Sauzet and Thénard.

Chassagne Montrachet

Chassagne-Montrchet - Location map

The area covers 340 hectares of vineyards. 60% of red wines are produced. The three grands crus are Bâtard-Montrachet (6 ha), Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet (1.6 ha) and Le Montrachet (4 ha).

The second quality level of the many premier cru sites according to the Burgundy classification comprises around 150 hectares of vineyards. These are Abbaye de Morgeot, Blanchot Dessus, Bois de Chassagne, Cailleret, Champs Jendreau, Chassagne, Chassagne du Clos Saint-Jean, Clos Chareau, Clos Pitois, Clos Saint-Jean, Dent de Chien, En Cailleret, En Remilly, En Virondot , Ez Crets, Es Crottes, Francemont, Guerchere, La Boudriotte, La Cardeuse, La Chapelle, La Grande Borne, La Grande Montagne, La Maltroie, La Romanée, La Roquemaure, Les Baudines, Les Boirettes, Les Bondues, Les Brusonnes, Les Champs Gain, Les Chaumées, Les Chaumes, Les Chenvottes, Les Combards, Les Commes, Les Embrazées, Les Fairendes, Les Grandes Ruchottes, Les Grands Clos, Les Macherelles, Les Murées, Les Pasquelles, Les Petites Fairendes, Les Petits Clos, Les Places, Les Rebichets, Les Vergers, Morgeot (54 ha), Petangeret, Tête du Clos, Tonton Marcel, Vide Bourse, Vigne Blanche and Vigne Derrière.

The village appellation covers around 180 hectares of vineyards. An alternative appellation for red wines only is Chassagne-Montrachet-Côte de Beaune .

Puligny-Montrachet

Puligny-Montrachet - Location map and vineyards

The area covers 235 hectares of vineyards. The four grands crus are Bâtard-Montrachet (6 ha), Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet (3.6 ha), Chevalier-Montrachet (7.25 ha) and Montrachet (4 ha).

The premier cru sites cover around 100 hectares of vineyards. These are Champ Gain, Champs Canet, Clos de la Garenne, Clos de la Mouchere, Hameau de Plagny, La Garenne, Le Cailleret, Les Chalumaux, Les Clavoillons, Les Combettes, Les Demoiselles, Les Folatières, Les Perrières, Les Pucelles, Les Referts Sous le Puits and La Truffière.

The village appellation covers around 115 hectares of vineyards. An alternative appellation for red wines only is Puligny-Montrachet-Côte de Beaune . See also under Burgundy classification,

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