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Puligny-Montrachet

See under Montrachet.

Grand Cru location or appellation in the Côte de Beaune area, the southern part of the Côte d'Or. It covers eight hectares of vineyards, almost exactly half of which are shared by the two neighbouring communes of Chassagne-Montrachet (here the site is called "Le Montrachet") and Puligny-Montrachet (here "Montrachet"). The site has been known since the 13th century and was known under the names of Mons Rachicencis, Mont Rachaz, Mont Rachat and from the 15th century onwards as Montrachet. Towards the end of the 19th century, the name of the site was added to the name of the commune by these communes. The lower part of the soil consists of a 50 cm thick layer of brown limestone debris. The site is enclosed by a wall(Clos).

Only white wine of the Chardonnay variety is produced here. It is one of the best white wines in France and the world. The famous writer Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) remarked overwhelmingly that Montrachet white wines should be enjoyed "kneeling and with the head uncovered". They are characterised by a honey-like aroma with a bouquet of peaches and apricots. The wines of the predominantly south-facing sites of Chassagne are considered to be more powerful and fat, those of Puligny finer and more elegant. The less important red wines are produced from Pinot Noir.

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