Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Chalumeaux"
A "chalumau" is a medieval wind instrument. It can be seen on tapestries at the Hospices de Beaune. It is true that this part of the slope is rather windy and that this vineyard is at the top of the slope on an austere and rocky soil.
This wine is often on the margins of Puligny's Premier Crus.
This set of circumstances for our 0.30 hectare of vines typically gives a very mineral wine with rocky accents, a tense mouthfeel and a cutting and saline finish.
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.