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 188th 95 $8,269
Domaine Ramonet Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 437th 95 $2,973
Joseph Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 464th 94 $708
Domaine Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 688th 94 $10,990
Domaine des Comtes Lafon Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 709th 96 $2,130
Bouchard Pere & Fils Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 852nd 94 $649
Etienne Sauzet Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 1,373rd 94 $926
Louis Jadot Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 1,769th 94 $627
Domaine Jacques Prieur Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 1,831st 94 $728
Louis Latour Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 2,378th 94 $535
Domaine Marc Colin et Fils Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 2,472nd 95 $913
Domaine Henri Boillot Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 2,878th 94 $1,003
Remoissenet Pere & Fils Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 3,225th 92 $658
Domaine Baron Thenard Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 3,477th 87 $483
Olivier Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 3,952nd 94 $785
Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 4,791st 94 $761
Lucien Le Moine Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 5,258th 94 $966
Domaine Amiot Guy et Fils Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 5,703rd 90 $738
Vincent Girardin Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 7,065th 92 $834
Pierre Girardin Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 7,955th $1,046
Domaine Blain-Gagnard Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 8,879th 92 $877
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 9,885th 92 $1,950
Domaine Lamy-Pillot Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 10,833rd 92 $521
Jean Chartron Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 14,879th 92 $901
Domaine Fleurot-Larose Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay 15,259th 87 $623
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