Regions and Appellations France Burgundy Cote de Beaune Puligny-Montrachet Le Montrachet

Le Montrachet Wine

Le Montrachet is a grand cru vineyard in the southern Côte de Beaune that is widely considered to be the world's best for Chardonnay. It is located on the midslope of the Montrachet hill above the villages of Puligny- and Chassagne-Montrachet, covering land in both communes. Its wines, considered the ultimate expression of Chardonnay, are rich and structured and can sell for thousands of dollars a bottle.

Le Montrachet vineyard
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The vineyard lies in the middle of the hill's five grand cru vineyards – Chevalier-Montrachet is on the hillside above, while Bâtard-Montrachet covers the slopes below. Montrachet is the second largest of the five sites, covering about 9 hectares (20 acres) of land, and is divided by the commune boundary between Puligny-Montrachet and its southern neighbor Chassagne-Montrachet. Unusually, this divide is actually visible in the way that Le Montrachet's vines are planted – the Chassagne section follows an east–west orientation, while the vines on the Puligny side run from north to south.

Le Montrachet has the prime position on the hill. The vines are perfectly angled southeast, giving them the exposure to the sunshine that is so important to the ripening process. The slope of the vineyard, along with the pebbly limestone soils, allows for excellent water management as well, letting excess water drain freely but retaining enough so that the vines stay hydrated. The vines will grow deep root systems into the limestone to access this water, making them strong and healthy, as well as contributing to the flavor of the eventual wine.

The first mention of Montrachet came in the 13th Century, when the site was donated to the local Benedictine abbey. It grew in fame and prestige over the centuries, and was confiscated and sold during the French Revolution. In the late 19th Century, both Puligny and Chassagne added Montrachet to their village name, as was the custom at the time – Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny and Vosne-Romanée all did the same thing. Le Montrachet was made an appellation in 1937, around the same time as most of Burgundy's other top grand cru vineyards.

Today, the Le Montrachet vineyard has a number of different proprietors making some of the most famous white wines in the world. Bouchard Père et Fils and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti have plots in the vineyard, and Domaine Leflaive and Joseph Drouhin make some of Montrachet's most prestigious and highly collectible wines.

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Most Popular Le Montrachet Wine

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Wine Name
Grape
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 151st 95 $8,145
Domaine Ramonet Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 458th 95 $2,918
Joseph Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 487th 94 $685
Domaine Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 619th 94 $10,559
Domaine des Comtes Lafon Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 817th 96 $2,125
Bouchard Pere & Fils Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 840th 94 $630
Etienne Sauzet Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 1,332nd 94 $911
Louis Jadot Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 1,642nd 94 $613
Louis Latour Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 1,904th 94 $507
Domaine Jacques Prieur Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 1,928th 94 $721
Domaine Marc Colin et Fils Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 2,750th 95 $930
Remoissenet Pere & Fils Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 3,080th 92 $633
Olivier Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 3,660th 94 $746
Domaine Henri Boillot Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 4,274th 94 $997
Lucien Le Moine Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 4,433rd 94 $939
Domaine Baron Thenard Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 4,776th 87 $473
Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 5,045th 94 $760
Domaine Amiot Guy et Fils Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 5,617th 90 $712
Vincent Girardin Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 7,973rd 92 $794
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 10,412th 92 $1,805
Domaine Blain-Gagnard Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 10,781st 92 $827
Domaine Pierre Girardin Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 13,322nd $1,019
Albert Bichot Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 14,481st 91 $586
Domaine Leroy Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 15,190th 90 $4,499
Domaine du Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 20,018th 92 $309
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