Puligny-Montrachet

In an effort to shed some light on how I study for WSET Diploma Course鈥檚 D3 exam, Le Club des Vins is running a series of posts covering wine regions. Today鈥檚 topic: Puligny-Montrachet

馃搷 Location

聽Puligny-Montrachet is a village in the C么te de Beaune district of Bourgogne’s golden hill, C么te d鈥橭r.鉅

In a nutshell

  • France
  • Continental climate
  • Limetone, marl & clay
  • Chardonnay
  • 2 Grand Cru’s

鈽侊笍 Climate

The village of Puligny-Montrachet lies in the St-Aubin valley and is surrounded on three sides by hills. The climate is continental with a long cold winter and a hot summer. Most of the rain falls in the winter. Biggest risks are spring frost and hail during flowering. 鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅鉅

馃寢 Soils

The vineyards lie on the slopes with a south-, south-east facing aspect. The best vineyards are found on the Montrachet hill (鈥淢ont” Rachet). The Montrachet hill can be divided in roughly 3 soil types. The highest section (with the famous Le Montrachet vineyard) has the deepest soils and contains high % of compact and active limestone. The lower you get on the slope the higher % marl and clay is in the soil.鉅鉅鉅

Source: De Long Wines

馃崌 Grapes & styles

Did you know that Puligny-Montrachet contains 2 (and 2 鈥渟hared鈥 with Chassagne) of the 6 white grand crus in Bourgogne (excl Chablis)? The wines are made from 100% Chardonnay. Chardonnay is the most versatile grape variety, it will adapt to every type of soil and climate, a real 鈥榯erroir鈥 grape. Did you know that in all quality levels, except grand cru, also wines are being made from Pinot Noir here? (Up to 15% of other varieties can be added). There is even a part of Puligny-Montrachet that makes red wines under his own 1e cru label, named Blagny. 鉅

馃挕 Something you didn鈥檛 know (did you?)

Besides chardonnay there are also significant plantings of Pinot Blanc, which are mostly used for AOP/village wines. But what you didn鈥檛 know is that Pinot Blanc is being used up until grand cru level! No one is talking about it, but it sure is happening. 馃摑 Please do share your fav producers in the comments, we鈥檇 love to know 馃搶 鉁 For NL + BE residents: de wijnkaart van Frankrijk is beschikbaar in De Fanshop!

Your turn now 

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