Our Meursault is composed of two distinct lieux-dits, "Les Petits Charrons" and "Les Casse Têtes". The result is a lovely balance between aromatic charm and fleshiness with intense minerality.
"Les Casse Têtes" is an evocative name: it is thought that when the land was cleared and planted, the "head rocks" outcropping had to be broken. The parcel covers 0.43 hectares.
"Les Petits Charrons" is a 0.43 hectare parcel that follows the road – an old Roman path - that climbs toward the village of Auxey-Duresses. Its name is linked to this path and is a variation on the old French charrau, which means a path by which a cart can pass.
The limestone soil is moderately deep. This appellation benefits from early harvesting in order to fully express its terroir to maintain its freshness, which is due in part to the biodynamic work done in this vineyard.
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.