Profile of Domaine du Château Chassagne – Montrachet

Château de Chassagne Montrachet is undoubtedly one of the most renowned and iconic wine lover’s addresses in Burgundy. Facing the mystical Grand Cru Vineyard of Le Montrachet – the world’s most expensive and sought after white wine – the Château has been welcoming visitors for many centuries and has endured its fair share of turbulent history. Having been knocked about and rebuilt over the years, it is currently under the stewardship of Maison Michel Picard, who have taken the wines to new heights. Today, Château de Chassagne Montrachet is producing some of the most exciting and original wines in the appellation; a result of the family’s meticulous approach to viticulture, including respect for biodynamic principles and the expertise of director Francine Picard and winemaker Fabrice Lesne. Indeed, the beauty of the Château’s wines is that they are totally individual: reflecting the style and approach to quality of Michel Picard rather than just the stamp of the appellation.

The Château boasts a long and varied history – its current owners believe that vines were planted on this site in the 9th century; whereas the original building was constructed in the 11th century. History records that many nobles inherited the Château over the centuries, including the Ferrieres and Longevilles families. The descendants of the Ferrieres family, the Boutieres inherited the property in 1600. They kept control until 1709, where Jean Francois de Clermont-Montoison inherited the estate due to marriage with Charles de Boutieres’ daughter. The Château thereafter prospered and managed to survive the onslaught of the French Revolution, although the incumbent owner, Charles de la Guiche, met the guillotine in 1797. Yet the building survived, namely because history tells of the revolutionaries being primarily interested in raiding the cellars to drink the sweet nectar of Chassagne Montrachet! The Château, which was rebuilt to its present form in 1849, changed hands several more times until Maison Michel Picard brought the property in 1997. At that time, the Château‘s reputation was still very much respected but the buildings and winery were quite dilapidated due to a lack of investment by previous owners. Michel Picard, a respected negociant and producer in Burgundy, promptly fell in love with the estate and invested millions in restoring the property to its former glory.

Since Picard took control of Château de Chassagne Montrachet, an immense program of restoration and expansion works has been undertaken, spearheaded by his dynamic daughter and the estate’s director, Francine. She has overseen the installation of a brand new winery and the restoration of the ancient cellars, with a capacity for 1000 barrels. This, however, was merely the beginning of Francine’s grand plans for the estate; in 2003 she embarked upon an unprecedented tourism project for the Château, building a new tasting room akin to the ones found in Napa Valley and opened a series of luxury rooms inside the Château. Styled by some of the leading Italian designers – including Antonio Citterio and Emilio Nanni – the Château is now some of the most desirable luxury accommodation in the Côte-d’Or. But, at the heart of this iconic property is top-notch winemaking, coupled with an increasing emphasis on biodynamic vineyard management and non-interventionist winemaking which gives superb wines that display elegance rather than brute power. So, in other words, an extremely reliable source of exquisite white and red Burgundy.

Wines produced

  • Michel Picard Chassagne Montrachet (White) En Pimont

    100% Chardonnay. The must is settled in stainless steel tanks before fermentation in oak barrels for one month. 20% of the wine is then aged in new French oak, 80% in 1-3 year old barrels for a period of 15 months.

  • Michel Picard Chassagne Montrachet Les Vergers (Premier Cru)

    100% Chardonnay. The must is settled in stainless steel tanks before fermentation in oak barrels for one month. 30% of the wine is then aged in new French oak, 70% in 2 year old barrels for a period of approximately 15 months.

  • Maison Picard Chassagne Montrachet Clos Saint Jean (Premier Cru)

    100% Chardonnay. The must is settled in stainless steel tanks before fermentation in oak barrels for one month. 20% of the wine is then aged in new French oak, 80% in 1-2 year old barrels for a period of approximately 15 months.

  • Maison Picard Chassagne Montrachet (Red) Concis Des Champs (Premier Cru)

    100% Pinot Noir. The must is subject to a pre-fermentation cold soak for 8 days before fermentation in stainless steel vats. 30% of the wine is then aged in new French oak, 70% in 1-2 year old barrels for a period of approximately 15 months.

  • Maison Picard Chassagne Montrachet Les Chaumes (Premier Cru – red)

    100% Pinot Noir. The must is subject to a pre-fermentation cold soak for 8 days before fermentation in stainless steel vats. 30% of the wine is then aged in new French oak, 70% in 1-2 year old barrels for a period of approximately 14 months.

  • Maison Picard Saint Aubin Le Charmois (Premier Cru)

    100% Pinot Noir. The must is subject to a pre-fermentation cold soak for 8 days before fermentation in stainless steel vats. 30% of the wine is then aged in new French oak, 70% in 1-2 year old barrels for a period of approximately 14 months.

  • Maison Picard Saint Aubin En Remilly (Premier Cru)

    100% Chardonnay. The must is settled in stainless steel tanks before fermentation in oak barrels for one month. The wine is then aged in a mixture of new, 1 year old and 2 year old French oak for 15 months.

  • Maison Picard Puligny Montrachet La Garenne (Premier Cru)

    100% Chardonnay. The must is settled in stainless steel tanks before fermentation in oak barrels for one month. The wine is then aged in 50% new French oak and 50% 2 year old oak for 16 months.

  • Maison Picard Saint Aubin Pitangerets (Premier Cru - red)

    100% Chardonnay. The must is settled in stainless steel tanks before fermentation in oak barrels for one month. The wine is then aged in 50% new French oak and 50% 2 year old oak for 16 months.

  • Maison Picard Corton Clos de Fietres (Grand Cru)

    100% Pinot Noir. The must is subject to a pre-fermentation cold soak for 8 days before fermentation in stainless steel vats. 80% of the wine is then aged in new French oak, 20% in 1-2 year old barrels for a period of approximately 14 months. The prestige wine of the property, suitable for extended cellaring.

Winery details

Domaine du Château Chassagne – Montrachet

5 Rue de Château
21190 Chassagne Montrachet, Burgundy
France
Tel +(33) 0380 21 98 57
Fax +(33) 0380 21 98 56

Appellation
AOC Chassagne Montrachet
Founded
1886
Area under vine
35 hectares
Age of vines
35 years+
Oak barrel origin
French
Winemaker
Fabrice Lesne
Owner
Michel Picard
Production
300,000 bottles per annum
Grape varietals
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

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