Guide to Puligny and Chassagne-Montrachet Wine
Alfio Moriconi discusses Burgundy's Puligny & Chassagne Montrachet
South of Meursault one enters into Montrachet land. Puligny and Chassagne Montrachet (pew-lee-NYEE mawn-rah-SHAY and shah-SAHN-yuh mohn-rah-SHAY) are among the most recognized communes in Burgundy. These regions are synonymous with high-quality, crisp and complex Chardonnay, not to mention the most prestigious Grand Cru Chardonnay appellation, Montrachet, and its siblings Chevalier-Montrachet, Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet.
Although Puligny-Montrachet is less opulent and higher in acidity than Meursault, these elegant and crisp Chardonnays offer aromas and flavors of butter, apple, herbs and oranges with hints of mineral. Chassagne-Montrachet offers more tropical fruit flavors of coconut and pineapple and tends to be a little more round and full than those of Puligny. These wonderfully complex and structured Chardonnays pair beautifully with veal, chicken and fish dishes.
Puligny-Montrachet: Crisp, elegant, apple, mineral
Chassagne-Montrachet: Elegant, lush, tropical fruit
Puligny-Montrachet: Situated slightly more than six miles south of Beaune, bordered by Meursault on the north and Chassagne-Montrachet to the south. Chassagne is the most southerly of the great white wine-producing appellations of the Côte de Beaune.
Acres Under Vine:
Puligny-Montrachet: 1,259 (77 of Grand Cru, 247 of Premier Cru, 285 are entitled to the Puligny-Montrachet Appellation
Chassagne-Montrachet: 1,109 (28 acres of Grand Cru, 393 acres of Premier Cru and 443 acres are entitled to the Chassagne-Montrachet appellation, the balance is Côte de Beaune-Villages)
Puligny-Montrachet – Total of 4
Chassagne-Montrachet – Total of 3