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Puligny Montrachet

Appellation: Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France. Puligny Montrachet Appellation.

Abutting Communes: Just south of Meursault and just north of Chassagne. Both are directly south of the city of Beaune.

Location: Situated slightly more than six miles south of the city of Beaune in the heart of Burgundy. Puligny-Montrachet is an attractive village that lies at the foot of a band of vines producing the greatest white-wine commune on earth. It is considerably smaller that either of its two neighbors, Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet. The village can boast two of Burgundy's six white wine Grand Crus in their entirety, Chevalier-Montrachet and Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet in part, and the best sections of Batard-Montrachet and Le Montrachet. Only Corton-Charlemagne and Criots-Batard-Montrachet do not lie in Puligny Montrachet.

Vineyards: There are about 1200 acres under vine in Puligny totally with the village wines accounting for 285 acres, the premier cru vineyards adding up to about 250 acres, the Grand cru amassing almost 80 acres, and the balance is regarded as Cote de Beaune Villages appellation. The area produces about 90,000 cases of white wine and 3,000 cases of red. This may seen in abundance, until one realizes that 50% of the total production belongs to négociant houses and a further 50% of what remains is sold in bulk; thus, not much more than 25% of Puligny is bottled and sold by the growers. This is changing slowly and more growers are starting to estate bottle their wines. Also keep in mind that a number of "Lieu-dit" have a number of owners. An example would be Batard-Montrachet: 11.87ha (29.31 acres) has 49 owners producing about 5000 cases.

Grand Cru Vineyards: There are five grand crus on the Puligny-Chassagne border: Le Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet, Batard-Montrachet, Bienvenues-Montrachet, and Criots-Batard-Montrachet. They comprise some 80 acres and produce and average of 15,000 cases annually. There are 4 Grand Crus in Puligny: Le Montrachet (20 acres of which half is in Puligny and half in Chassagne), Batard Montrachet (29 acres of which 14.5 acres are in Puligny), Chevalier-Montrachet (18 acres), and Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet (9 acres).

Premier Cru Vineyards: The Premier Cru Vineyards amass about 250 acres and produce about 47,000 cases annually. There are 23 premier crus in whole or in part, but some of the premier crus are entitled to sell their wine under the 14 major premier crus. The fourteen are: Les Caillerets, Les Chalumeaux, Le Champ-Canet, Le Clavoillon, Clos de la Garenne, Les Pucelles, Les Perrieres, Les Referts, Les Combettes, Les Folatieres, Les De