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Puligny-Montrachet

Many believe (myself included) that the village of Puligny-Montrachet is home to the greatest possible expressions of Chardonnay anywhere on Earth.  Of the six white grands crus for Chardonnay, four are found in Puligny-Montrachet, two (Chevalier-Montrachet and Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet) in their entirety and two more (Montrachet itself and Batard-Montrachet) more or less equally shared with neighbouring Chassagne-Montrachet.montrachet.jpg

There is a 'sweet spot' of vines, perhaps only a single kilometer in diameter from its heart, where these extraordinary vineyard sites exist, effectively adjoining each other - Chevalier-Montrachet sitting above Montrachet, a small road dividing it from Batard-Montrachet and Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet.  Even Chassagne's own Criots-Batard-Montrachet joins Batard-Montrachet and sites underneath the southerly section of Le Montrachet.  This is a magnificent and unique location for Chardonnay.

Yet the wines of Puligny-Montrachet are often difficult to find, given it's mere 230 or so hectares of vines, and prices are generally correspondingly expensive.  Apart from the grands crus, there are a further 24 premiers crus, many of which are capable of producing wine nearly at the level of quality of the 'lesser' grands crus.

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