Your Wine IQ

Montrachet areas

Wine By Region Right Europe Right France Right Burgundy Right Côte de Beaune Right Montrachet areas Right Bâtard-Montrachet   Chassagne-Montrachet   Chevalier-Montrachet   Montrachet   Puligny-Montrachet

The five Grands Crus of Montrachet, all situated in the villages of Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, or between both, produce some of the most desirable, expensive white wine in the world. The five Grands Crus make up more than half those of the entire Côte de Beaune.

The wines from the Montrachet areas, when from good producers and in good vintages, combine power, intensity, balance, and an elegant but upfront core of fruit and minerals. The best can age for 25 years or more, developing further in bottle while retaining the same refinement that makes them Grand Cru wine. It's no easy distinction to be labeled as Grand Cru in Burgundy, and the wines of Montrachet are almost always exceptional enough to warrant their status.

Confusion is inevitable due to the vineyards and villages that attach their name to the legendary Montrachet name. The thing to remember is that all five Grands Crus are shared between two villages: Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet. Both of these communes also produce their own Chardonnay-based wine at the village and Premier Cru level.

Here is a list of the Montrachet appellations that hopefully will help to clear away some of the confusion.