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Le Montrachet Wine

The Montrachet vineyard is the jewel in the crown of Burgundy's white wines. It is one of five Grand Cru sites (climats) located in a cluster around the Mont-Rachet hill above Puligny-Montrachet. These vineyards produce some of the most expensive and rare wines in the world, often regarded as the ultimate expression of the Chardonnay grape variety.

A classic Montrachet wine label

This group of Grand Crus are planted only with Chardonnay, as their appellations are restricted to the production of dry white wines. As is the case throughout Burgundy, each of the sites has its own specific appellation, independent of the communal appellations of the area. The Montrachet appellation was created in 1937 and its strict laws control (among other things) permitted yields, planting densities, harvest ripeness levels and vinification techniques.

The precise spelling of the name is a topic of popular debate. Montrachet, Le Montrachet, Mon-Rachez, Mont-Rachaz and Mont-Rachet have all been used over the centuries. The modern INAO, the French government organization responsible for the appellation system, clearly marks the title as simply Montrachet. The hillside itself is generally indicated as Mont-Rachet on modern maps, but was once spelled Mon-Rachez. As a result, the Le Montrachet form is popularly used to distinguish between the vineyard and the hillside from which it takes its name.

Along with its Grand Cru neighbors, Chevalier-Montrachet, Batard-Montrachet, Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet and Criots-Batard-Montrachet, the Montrachet site is planted in a group on the southern apex of the Mont-Rachet hill. Curving around the corner of the hillside, the slopes face progressively from due east to due south, bringing their vines maximal exposure to the all-important ripening sunshine. Montrachet is the second largest of the five sites, covering about 20 acres (9ha), and is divided by the commune boundary between Puligny-Montrachet and its southern neighbor Chassagne-Montrachet. Unusually, this divide is actually visible in the way that Le Montrachet's vines are planted. The Chassagne section follows an east–west orientation, while the vines on the Puligny side run from north to south. This is intended to maximize the vines' exposure to sunlight and ensure that the grapes reach full phenolic ripeness. As Montrachet Grand Cru is an appellation in its own right and the local commune names do not directly figure in its title, this division has no impact on labeling laws.

Le Montrachet is at the center of the five Grand Cru sites and sits at 840ft (256m) above sea level. Its position on the slopes means that its soil is slightly thinner, stonier, and less fertile than the lower sites like Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet, making its wines more elegant and refined in style. The poor soil here allows the vines easy access to the subtle mineral components of the limestone substrata below and forces them to grow strong, healthy roots as anchors. The site also benefits from excellent drainage, which further encourages root development, resulting in higher quality of fruit and more complex wines. As well as imparting mineral qualities to Montrachet wines, the limestone in the soil is also credited with reflecting light back up to the vine canopy. This helps the grapes to reach optimal phenolic ripeness, largely influenced by the site's south-easterly aspect.

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We found 56 wines produced in this region.
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Grape 
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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $4,848 106
Domaine Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $6,130 358
Domaine Ramonet Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $1,356 367
Domaine des Comtes Lafon Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $1,547 405
Joseph Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $557 525
Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $523 737
Etienne Sauzet Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $647 957
Louis Jadot Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $445 1193
Domaine Jacques Prieur Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $569 1599
Louis Latour Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $435 1809
Domaine Henri Boillot Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $646 1902
Domaine Marc Colin et Fils Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $501 2867
Olivier Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $484 3850
Maison Remoissenet Pere & Fils Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $402 4155
Vincent Girardin Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $516 5154
Domaine Leroy Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $2,514 6240
Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $562 6319
Domaine Blain-Gagnard Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $623 6661
Domaine Amiot Guy et Fils Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $510 7030
Lucien Le Moine Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $612 8147
Domaine Thenard Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $411 11014
Morey-Blanc Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $588 12767
Maison Remoissenet Pere & Fils Domaine Baron Thenard Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $323 13385
Domaine Gagnard-Delagrange Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $555 14340
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Chardonnay $807 15273
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