Understanding the nuances of the premiers crus surrounding Montrachet may seem complicated, but it can yield significant dividends if it leads you to wines that resemble the grand crus at a fraction of the price. Here we examine some of the premier crus (and even village-level wines) that fit the bill.
This article includes:
- Puligny-Montrachet premiers crus
- Chassagne-Montrachet premiers crus
- Saint-Aubin premiers crus
- Village-level wines worth looking out for
Scroll down to see scores and tasting notes for a selection of must-try Montrachet premier cru wines
Domaine Leflaive winemaker Pierre Vincent explains the vineyards around Montrachet in the following way:
‘Chevalier-Montrachet is typified by a marked minerality and by flinty gun smoke notes. The clay and limestone soil is very poor and gives a saline note on the finish.
In Bâtard-Montrachet, below Montrachet, the soil is much deeper, and the higher clay content gives a very opulent wine.
In Bienvenues-Bâtard Montrachet, on the other hand, thinner soils produce wines with abundant energy.
In [premier cru Les] Pucelles, one finds similarities with Chevalier-Montrachet. However, the Clos du Meix is different – it is a little bowl or depression that is cooler and more humid. Leflaive has all three sectors: Grande Pucelles, Petites Pucelles, and the Clos des Meix which is more austere. Montrachet, however, is a synthesis of all of these and gives a wine that is so concentrated that served in an opaque black glass one might mistake it for red wine.’
Puligny-Montrachet premiers crus
Charles Curtis MW’s must-try Montrachet Premier Cru and village wines:
Wines are ordered alphabetically by score. Wines from the 2020 vintage may not have completed maturation at the time they were tasted.