Puligny-Montrachet (sandwiched between Chassagne and Meursault) is renowned for its complex, intense, yet elegant and steely white Burgundies; a more refined style than the richness one associates with Meursault.
The appellation’s history dates back to 1879, when Puligny gained permission in 1879 to hyphenate the name of its most famous vineyard, Montrachet. Today, Puligny-Montrachet is one of the most famous and finest white wine villages and appellations in Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune district.
Its reputation is based on its four legendary grand crus: Le Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet and Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet. The Grand Crus are closely followed in quality by 17 Premier Cru vineyards capable of reaching Grand Cru quality, including Le Cailleret and Les Pucelles, Les Demoiselles, Les Combettes and Folatières.
Puligny-Montrachet also encompasses many village wines, from which top growers can also be excellent. You can, in theory, also find red Puligny-Montrachet, but it is rarely worth the price tag.