A tiny village of just 210 Ha of vineyards yet with a huge reputation. Amongst its immaculate vineyards lie 4 Grand Cru’s; Montrachet, Beinvenue-Batard Montrachet, Batard-Montrachet and Chevalier Montrachet, with Batard and le Montrachet shared between Puligny and Chassagne, and 17 1er cru’s making up a large proportion of its acreage (the official trade website of Bourgogne states these top classified vineyards make up over 90Ha of the whole appellation).
Puligny is almost 100% white wine, and it is often held up as the epitome, the ideal and perfect expression of the Chardonnay grape. As a village it lies south of Meursault, approx. 13 km from Beaune, and its vines curve majestically around the broken brown limestone and clay slopes which are for the most part South East and South exposed. Where the soil is thinnest you will find the best wines, and here is where you can find the best producers, names such as Sauzet, Leflaive, Carillon and Chavy dominating the rankings.
What makes Puligny Montrachet unique, above all else, is a tautness and almost savoury leanness that seems to fatten and develop with age. A dry wine whose rich baked apple and honeyed flavour show both salinity and stony minerality at birth, yet evolves and becomes more beguiling, full and complex with age.