Chevalier-Montrachet

Vintages

Parcelle(s)

Plot n°1
Surface area: 0.056 hectares
Facing: Southeast
Planted: 1970

Plot n°2
Surface area: 0.095 hectares
Facing: Southeast
Planted: 1985

This little part of the Côte de Beaune is located some 10 kilometers south of Beaune, and is where some of the greatest white Burgundy wines are produced. It is surprisingly different to our steeply sloping terroirs on the Côte de Nuits. This flattish-topped, arid hill used to be called “Mont Rachet”, literally “Bald Mountain”, which over the years was corrupted into Montrachet.

Vines

Varietal : 100% Chardonnay
Soil and subsoil : Stony and marl limestone on a medium slope
Plantation density : 10,000 vines per hectare
Total area : 0.1510 hectares
Facing : East
Pruning system : Guyot
Latest news from the vines : The earth is worked by horse. The plants are earthed up in the winter, and are sprayed with a nettle and rhubarb infusion, and preparations of horsetail and silica, tansy, sage, and yarrow. They are treated with biodynamic preparations 500 and 501 at the end of winter and in the spring, and again with 501 before flowering. They are thinned out in the spring.

History

According to legend, the name of this white Grand Cru comes from how the Seigneur of Montrachet divided up the land between his two sons. One became a chevalier or a knight, and fought the enemy during the Crusades, and the other was illegitimate, giving rise to the name of Bâtard-Montrachet, located just beneath Montrachet.


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