Puligny-Montrachet is a commune of about 2.8 square miles that, along with Chassagne-Montrachet, contains much of the best land for white wine in the world. All of Puligny's Grand Cru land is classified Bâtard-Montrachet, Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet, or Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, the four Grands Crus that Puligny-Montrachet is involved with. Puligny-Montrachet has a share of the first two, and the last two lie completely within its boundaries.
Although Chassagne-Montrachet has far fewer Premiers Crus than Chassagne-Montrachet, they are probably roughly equal in importance. Both are considered to be among the top two white wine villages in the world. Although similar in style, there are a few key differences between the two; Chassagne wine is usually slightly less intense and concentrated, but often has more of a buttery richness. The Pulignys tend to be slightly more masculine in style.
Of the 513 acres of vineyards that make wine to be labeled Puligny-Montrachet, no less than 219 of these acres produce Premier Cru Puligny-Montrachet. This distribution is similar to Chassagne-Montrachet. From a select few Premiers Crus, the wine can range up nearly to Grand Cru-level wine in concentration and depth. Even the village wine can be extremely good, as an entry-level way to try great Chardonnay. Most of the time it is simple-minded in style, but has the same pleasant balance of minerals and fruit that all great whites do.
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