"Le Cailleret" 1er Cru de Puligny-Montrachet
Perfectly situated in the mid-slope, this parcel of Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru "Le Cailleret" is just to the north and at the same altitude as the prestigious Montrachet, just below Chevalier-Montrachet and just above the Premier Cru "Les Pucelles". Its location and the quality of its wines entirely justify its ranking as a "Grand" Premier Cru. For many wine lovers, it is a Grand Cru.
Its name "Le Cailleret" refers to its stony and rocky soils on which the vines are planted. Our Premier Cru Puligny "Le Cailleret" was planted in 1993, and this 0.85 hectare parcel is as close as it can be to Montrachet. This cru needs four to eight years to fully develop.
"Always at the top, this wine is extremely complete, well-bred and almost aristocratic. It is my favorite white wine of the Domaine." --Alix de Montille
The wines, the style
Our wines are known for their great aromatic purity. We always favor balance and elegance over power and extraction. The wines are classic expressions of Burgundy, of their appellations in general and of their specific terroirs in particular. The farming methods we use contribute to this individual style, and our winemaking methods aim to avoid excessive outside influences in order to bring out the equilibrium that can be found naturally in Burgundian terroir.
All our fruit is hand-harvested. Thanks to pneumatic presses, we can calibrate our presses to fit the quality of the grapes and the profile of the vintage. After a light settling, the musts are placed mostly in 600-liter barrels as well as in 228-liter barrels, where the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations take place.
We use approximately five to twenty percent new casks primarily made from Allier wood that sees a long yet light toasting. The first racking occurs after about one year of wood aging, after which begins the second, four- to six-month phase in stainless steel, which preserves the wine's freshness and tension. We finish the aging with a light fining followed by a similarly light and respectful filtration before bottling.
Tending the Vines
We began organic farming in 1995. Since 2005, biodynamic viticulture has accompanied this practice in our efforts to fully respect these living soils.