Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
The name of this Grand Cru vineyard in Puligny-Montrachet may well explain itself, like the names of the other parcels, by its situation on the hillside. It is – quite simply - the highest.
If we refer to medieval society and its hierarchy, this parcel being of the highest placement means it merits the Chevalier title, which is derived from the medieval Latin term caballarius, or "esquire".
Chevalier-Montrachet is often considered one of the ultimate references of Chardonnay in the world, the finest of the three principal Grand Crus of this magic hill, along with Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet.
Our piece of 0.23 hectare is situated on soils with a moderately granular size, dominated by limestone with some ferruginous clay. This mineral wine has spicy notes with great complexity that blends plumpness with nervousness. It demands time and doesn't generally blossom until it has aged five to seven years in bottle.
The wines, the style
Our wines are known for their great aromatic purity. We always favor balance and elegance over power and extraction. The wines are classic expressions of Burgundy, of their appellations in general and of their specific terroirs in particular. The farming methods we use contribute to this individual style, and our winemaking methods aim to avoid excessive outside influences in order to bring out the equilibrium that can be found naturally in Burgundian terroir.
All our fruit is hand-harvested. Thanks to pneumatic presses, we can calibrate our presses to fit the quality of the grapes and the profile of the vintage. After a light settling, the musts are placed mostly in 600-liter barrels as well as in 228-liter barrels, where the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations take place.
We use approximately five to twenty percent new casks primarily made from Allier wood that sees a long yet light toasting. The first racking occurs after about one year of wood aging, after which begins the second, four- to six-month phase in stainless steel, which preserves the wine's freshness and tension. We finish the aging with a light fining followed by a similarly light and respectful filtration before bottling.
Tending the Vines
We began organic farming in all of the parcels of the Domaine du Château de Puligny-Montrachet in 2002. Since 2005, biodynamic viticulture has accompanied this practice in our efforts to fully respect these living soils.