Puligny Montrachet, Wine Like This Is Always on Trend
Ah, Burgundy, where to start? The spiritual home of the most terroir-driven wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Origin of famous and costly wines, the cradle of cool climate winemaking and inspiration for winemakers all around the world.
The Ancient Romans found their way to this blessed land, only to find indigenous grapes thriving on the slopes, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay amongst them. It was the Christian monks centuries ago who planted the vineyards we see today, and the rest is history.
Burgundy, though, is not one region but many, and each has a very peculiar personality. From the crisp, sea-scented whites from Chablis up north, to the fruity and approachable light reds from Beaujolais down south. The best? — they come from the Cote d’Or, “The Golden Slope.”
If only things were that easy. The Cote d’Or, like a pearl necklace, offers a wide variety of distinct wines, all made in the villages that run north to south from Dijon to Chagny. Some villages specialize in red wines, but for Chardonnay, the finest come from very special parcels, including the ones in Puligny Montrachet.
Montrachet, The Wine, The Legend.
Puligny Montrachet is in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, where the limestone soils favor Chardonnay over Pinot Noir, and where generations of vignerons have dedicated their lives to the single noble grape.
What makes Chardonnay from Puligny Montrachet and neighboring Chassagne Montrachet so pleasing, is the perfect southeast orientation, and the white soils, but especially the people who have grown a tradition for superb wine around the magnificent Montrachet Grand Cru vineyard.
Wines from one of the four Grand Cru vineyards that make Montrachet in the side of Puligny are some of the most coveted and valuable on earth; there’s no Chardonnay like them, and they’ll bring you to your knees in a remarkable experience with no equal.
Wine lovers and collectors are no strangers to Montrachet and its golden wines, but the village of Puligny Montrachet has more to offer than you think.
Where Greatness Meet Value.
To understand Burgundy wines, it’s wise to look at their quality levels. The humblest (yet often delectable) wines are labeled with the single term: Burgundy.
Wines of more complexity are marked with the name of the village or commune, and here’s where you find great value. Take Puligny Montrachet from Domaine René Monnier, as an example, a well-respected winemaker that knows Puligny like the back of his hand. His village level wine is a baby Montrachet and costs under 50 pounds.
Then you have the Premier Cru vineyards, Puligny Montrachet has 17 of them, and wine is from the highest quality. Utterly delicious Chardonnay with the most unctuous, creamy palate and evocative aromas of golden apples and marshmallows over a background of cinnamon and spice.
Try Monnier’s Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières or Château de Cîteaux Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs Gains to experience what great Burgundy means at this level. These wines are amongst the best on the market.
Enjoy Puligny Montrachet and Share It with the Ones You Love.
Enjoying great Burgundy doesn’t have to be expensive. Extraordinary wines are coming from all villages, including the great Puligny Montrachet, at all price points. Burgundy wine is within reach for everyone wishing to enjoy it if they know where to look.
At Shelved Wine, we’re proud of carrying extraordinary wines from all Burgundy, from all tiers and price ranges. We work closely with family-owned wineries, and we’ve built long-lasting relationships to guarantee the finest quality at a fair price.
We can all enjoy great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the legendary Burgundian slopes, where it all began.