Bâtard-Montrachet

Vintages

Parcelle(s)

Plot n°1
Surface area: 10.25 ares
Aspect: South-east facing
Year of planting: 1970

Plot n°2
Surface area: 9.63 ares
Aspect: South-east facing
Year of planting: 1985

Around 10 kilometers south of Beaune there is a place on the Côte where three great Burgundy white wines meet. Compared to the steep slopes of the Côte de Nuits, Montrachet is surprising because although its name is a corruption of “Mont Rachet”, meaning “bald mountain,” it’s fairly flat and arid.

Vines

Varietal: 100 % Chardonnay
Soil and sub-soil: brown limestone, thick and clayey.
Planting density: 10 000 vines per hectare
Organic agriculture: since 2012. Received official approva ECOCERT® in 2015.
Bio-dynamic agriculture: since the 2012 campaign
Pruning: Cordon de Royat
Vineyard news: Ullage planted out. Earthing-up of the vines in winter. Spraying of nettle and rhubarb, horsetail, yarrow, tansy, comfrey tea during each treatment. Biodynamic preparation of 500 and 501 at the end of the winter and of 501 in spring before the flower. Suckers removed in spring.

History

The grand cru white wine Bâtard-Montrachet is said to take its name from when the Seigneur of Montrachet divided his land between his two sons. One was a knight who fought the enemy during the Crusades. The other was illegitimate, hence the name of the cru Bâtard-Montrachet, located just above Montrachet.


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