Perfect Expression of Chardonnay

The Puligny-Montrachet appellation is a commune in the Côte-d’Or department in East of France. It is located in Côte de Beaune-Burgundy, south of Meursault, in the department of Côte-d’Or, as well as on the part of the hamlet of Blagny. His name is mentioned from 312 AD through a disciple of Eumenes, who wrote the vineyard’s first known description. Puligny-Montrachet appellation, along with Chassagne, is the perfect expression of the Chardonnay grape. The appellation was created in 1937 on soils separated by only a few meters from the Grands Crus. The white wines have well-defined personalities and an established reputation. The plots which adjoin the hamlet of Blagny produce an excellent red wine from the Pinot Noir grape.

The wine production rate for this AOC, on average, is 1,101,900 liters for white wines and 7,400 liters for red wines each year from vineyards at an altitude between 230-320 meters.

Revealing the Best in Harvest

It is classified among the communal appellations of the Côte de Beaune vineyards. Puligny-Montrachet may be used for red wine and white with Pinot noir and Chardonnay as the main grape variety. However, almost only white Puligny-Montrachet is produced, at around 99.5% of the total production. There are four Grand Cru vineyards within Puligny-Montrachet, Montrachet, the most well-known, and 17 Premier Cru vineyards.

The soils reveal limestone browns or marl clay-limestone. Harvesting produces still red or white wines. For the first category, the dominant grape variety is Pinot Noir. For white wines, chardonnay or pinot blanc are used.

Wine Full of Surprises

This appellation’s white wine has a bright gold color with greenish highlights, becoming more intense with age. The bouquet brings together hawthorn blossoms, ripe grapes, marzipan, hazelnut, amber, lemon-grass, and green apple. The red wine of Puligny-Montrachet appellation has bright ruby when young, darkening with age. Its bouquet is divided between small red fruits (raspberry gooseberry) and black fruits (blackcurrant and blackberry), later shifting towards leather, musk, and fur.  Tender and well-fruited, it is well put-together and does well with several years’ aging.

 

 

A part of the important features of Puligny-Montrachet for white wines are as follows:

  • Soil: limestone Brown limestone.
  • Taste: well Balanced.
  • Wine color: white.
  • Aromas: hawthorn blossoms, ripe grapes, marzipan, hazelnut, amber, lemon-grass, and green apple.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 5 years.
  • Serving temperature: 11 to 13° C

 

A part of the important features of Puligny-Montrachet appellation for red wines are as follows:

  • Soil: limestone Brown limestone.
  • Taste: Balanced.
  • Wine color: Red.
  • Aromas: small red fruits (raspberry gooseberry) and black fruits (blackcurrant and blackberry), later shifting towards leather, musk, and fur.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 5 years.
  • Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C

Region Highlights

Surface: About 2.2 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Puligny-Montrachet
Grapes: Pinot Noi for red wines and Chardonnay or pinot blanc for white wines
Types of Wines: White Wine, Red Wine

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