Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet
This is one of my favorite parts about Burgundy!
When it comes to teaching terroir, this is the greatest line-up of villages in the area. Just as with Pommard and Volnay in the previous lesson, here we have three villages with three totally different personalities.
Here’s a video of me explaining the difference between the villages a number of years ago. Our beloved cat, Ernest Hemingway (RIP), loved to hang out on the patio when I did things like this.
Known for making rounder and richer styles of wine (though, according to Rajat Parr in The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste, this is changing), these wines tend to be more textured in style.
Wine Searcher: Meursault info page
Burgundy Report: Meursault, with a good map
Puligny-Montrachet is about delicacy, detail, and lift. Naturally higher in acidity, with pronounced verve and energy, these are go-to wines for Burgundy lovers. At the southern end of the AOC, bordering and crossing into Chassagne-Montrachet, lie the greatest stretch of Grand Cru white wine vineyards in all of Burgundy.
Burgundy Report: Puligny-Montrachet, plus link to a good map
Personal favorite producer: Etienne Sauzet
Arguably the best white wine village in all of Burgundy, reliably producing wines of incredible balance and energy. A good Chassagne-Montrachet is one of the best reasons to be a lover of Chardonnay. Especially when talking about the Premier Crus of this village, this is the kind of wine that can shape a wine life.
Wine Searcher: Chassagne-Montrachet info page
Burgundy Report: Chassagne-Montrachet