Bourgogne and its appellations



White wines - Chardonnay
Red wines - Pinot Noir

Wine Characteristics

White: this wine is the Chardonnay grape dressed in glittering gold! It boasts firm coloration with green highlights. Aromas of mayflower, acacia, and honeysuckle blend with verbena and hazelnut and in some cases toast or fresh butter. This wine boasts a profound minerality (flint). Age brings in notes of honey or ripe pear. Rounded and often opulent, its attack is instantaneous. On the palate, fleshiness is matched by mellowness, and both are equally persistent.

Red: brilliant, with purplish highlights – this wine is a well-coloured Pinot Noir. Aromas of Morello cherry and cherry-pit, wild strawberry, gooseberry, and raspberry are commonly present. Notes of animal and spice complete the bouquet. In the mouth, this wine has real substance. Its delicious fleshiness partly conceals tannins which, though somewhat austere in youth, give way with maturity to a concentrated and taste-filled structure, intriguing in its complexity.

Wine Steward’s Tip

White: its opulence and power make it an ideal partner for delicate fine white meats such as poultry or veal in sauce. Fish, either in well-spiced couscous or in Asian dishes such as curries or stir-fries, are also well-suited. Salmon, in itself highly aromatic, harmonizes particularly well. The Premiers Crus appellations will readily complement crawfish, lobster, or even foie gras.
Serving temperature: 12 to 14°C.

Red: powerful and tannic, it flatters good quality meats such as grilled or roast lamb, coating their fibres in the mouth. Its aromatic power balances that of grilled pork and of curried or tandoori-style poultry. The Premiers Crus demand, at the very least, feathered game.
Serving temperature: 14 to 16°C.


In the southern part of the Côte de Beaune Chassagne-Montrachet shares with Puligny the uncontested title of the prince of the world’s dry white wines: the divine Montrachet (pronounced “Monrachay”). This fine, broad hillside brings out the very highest expression of the two Burgundian grapes - the Pinot Noir and the Chardonnay, which grow here side-by side - such is the complexity of the region’s soils! Extensive marble quarries, which form a kind of cliff face, were the source of the pink and beige flagstones which went into the building of the Trocadero in Paris and more recently the Louvre Pyramid. The Chassagne- Montrachet AOC dates from 1937. It includes some plots in the neighbouring village of Remigny which share the same soil conditions.


At altitudes between 220 and 325 metres, the succession of rocks from the top down is first rauracien then callovien and finally argovien. The soil of the various Climats (named plots with distinctive qualities) ranges from pebbly limestones, through marls, to sandy soils with a Jurassic basis.

The Côte de Beaune explained by Jean-Pierre Renard 

List of "Climats et Lieux-dits" for this appellation

"Climats" classified as 1er Cru

  • Abbaye de Morgeot
  • Blanchot dessus
  • Bois de Chassagne
  • Cailleret
  • Champs Jendreau
  • Chassagne
  • Chassagne du Clos Saint-Jean
  • Clos Chareau
  • Clos Pitois
  • Clos Saint-Jean
  • Dent de Chien
  • En Cailleret
  • En Remilly
  • En Virondot
  • Ez Crets
  • Ez Crottes
  • Francemont
  • Guerchère
  • La Boudriotte
  • La Cardeuse
  • La Chapelle
  • La Grande Borne
  • La Grande Montagne
  • La Maltroie
  • La Romanée
  • La Roquemaure
  • Les Baudines
  • Les Boirettes
  • Les Bondues
  • Les Brussonnes
  • Les Champs gain
  • Les Chaumées
  • Les Chaumes
  • Les Chenevottes
  • Les Combards
  • Les Commes
  • Les Embazées
  • Les Fairendes
  • Les Grandes Ruchottes
  • Les Grands Clos
  • Les Macherelles
  • Les Murées
  • Les Pasquelles
  • Les Petites Fairendes
  • Les Petits Clos
  • Les Places
  • Les Rebichets
  • Les Vergers
  • Morgeot
  • Petingeret
  • Tête du Clos
  • Tonton Marcel
  • Vide Bourse
  • Vigne Blanche
  • Vigne Derrière


  • Blanchot Dessous
  • Bouchon de Corvée
  • Champ Derrière
  • Champs de Morjot
  • Clos Bernot
  • Dessous les Mues
  • En Journoblot
  • En l'Ormeau
  • En Pimont
  • Fontaine Sot
  • La Bergerie
  • La Canière
  • La Canotte
  • La Goujonne
  • La Platière
  • La Têtière
  • Le Clos Reland
  • Le Concis du Champs
  • Le Parterre
  • Le Poirier du Clos
  • Les Battaudes
  • Les Benoites
  • Les Beuttes
  • Les Chambres
  • Les Charnières
  • Les Chaumes
  • Les Chênes
  • Les Encégnières
  • Les Essarts
  • Les Grandes Terres
  • Les Houillères
  • Les Lombardes
  • Les Masures
  • Les Meix Goudard
  • Les Morichots
  • Les Mouchottes
  • Les Perclos
  • Les Pierres
  • Les Plantes Momières
  • Les Voillenots Dessous
  • Plante du Gaie
  • Plante Saint Aubin
  • Pot Bois
  • Puits Merdreaux
  • Sur Matronge
  • Voillenot Dessous

Bourgogne appellations

  • Category

    Village appellation

  • Wine-producing region


  • Information

    Appellation Village of the Côte de Beaune region (Côte-d’Or).
    This appellation includes 55 Premiers Crus Climats.
    The commune of Chassagne-Montrachet also produces 3 appellations Grands Crus: MONTRACHET, BÂTARD-MONTRACHET, and CRIOTSBÂTARD MONTRACHET (see Fact-sheet N°52).
    Producing communes: Chassagne-Montrachet, Remigny.
    On the label, the appellations CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET and CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET PREMIER CRU may be followed by the name of their Climat of origin.

  • Production surface area

    Area under production*:
    1 hectare (ha) = 10,000 m² = 24 ouvrées.
    Whites: 215.93 ha
    (including 118.66 ha Premier Cru).
    Reds: 92.16 ha
    (including 27.95 ha Premier Cru).

    * in 2018 

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