Puligny-Montrachet Wine Region Summary

Puligny-Montrachet, almost inarguably the most famous white wine producing village in the world, sits at the Southern end of the Cotes de Beaune, bordering its sister, Chassagne-Montrachet and close to the equally renowned Meursault.

Despite the fame of the latter two, Puligny-Montrachet stands head and shoulders above the latter in terms of power, balance, intensity and ultimately price. The five grand crus of Bienvenues Batard-Montrachet, Batard-Montrachet, Criots Batard Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet and Le Montrachet run along the border with Chassagne and produce the most long lived dry white wines in Burgundy.

The famous ‘Montrachet crossroads’ intersects these Grand and the lesser Premier Crus, from which you can quite literally throw a stone into vineyards such as Les Pucelles and Les Caillerets- incredible wines in themselves, but even with such close proximity lacking the pure limestone of the Grand Crus which reputedly earnt the village its name- Mont referring to the hill on which these vines sit and ‘rache’ pertaining to the relatively unglamorous ‘scabby’ or ‘rashy’ look of this low yielding soil.

Production from these prestigious vineyards is small, with the entire area under vine just over 30 hectares and many producers owning just a handful of rows of vines. At the top of the tree stand the likes of Leflaive and Domaine de la Romanee Conti, who can command prices in excess of £5,000 per bottle for these sought after wines.