One of the iconic wines from the extraordinary vineyard Chevalier-Montrachet vineyard is La Cabotte made by Maison Bouchard Pere et Fils.
Bouchard makes two wines on Chevalier-Montrachet a “regular” cuvee and then the special cuvee called La Cabotte .. from a plot just above the Montrachet holdings of Bouchard.
A special wine indeed and one of the very best whites made in Burgundy .. so lets look at the La Cabotte terroir.
La Cabotte … on the border to Montrachet
La Cabotte is a 0.2104 ha section of Chevalier-Montrachet located just above Montrachet, just north of the border between Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet i.e. above the southern end of the Puligny side of Montrachet – see map below.
The plot is as mentioned located just above the 0.8894 ha plot Bouchard owns in the Puligny section of Montrachet.
La Cabotte is named after a small stone building located in the Chevalier-Montrachet plots just above La Cabotte – see map below.
The history of La Cabotte
The history of the white terroirs is rather erratically described, and the structures of the vineyards have been changed quite a lot until the classfication in 1937.
Starting out with the cadaste maps from 1839 we see that the plot today known as Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte was a part of the area called Mont-Rachet – see map below (red dot).
The same was the case in the 1861 classification2 where the Puligny side of Montrachet was 10.27 ha including large parts of the current Chevalier-Montrachet.
This is however not consistent with Lavalle1 who qoutes the area of the Puligny side of Montrachet as 3.953 ha .. very close to the current 4 ha. Lavalle also discuss the term Vrai-Montrachet being the middle part of the Mont-Rachet climate. So Lavalle was pretty stict here more so than the 1861 classification that avoided to confront the delicate question Montrachet or Vrai-Montrachet.
The inconsistenses between Lavalle and the 1861 classification are rather peculiar, as Lavalle mention Chevalier-Montrachet 27,718 ha … but Chevalier was not mentioned at all in the 1861 classification.
Moving on to Rodier4 1920 the Puligny side of Montrachet is still quoted as 3.953 ha also very close to the current size of the vineyard – thus also using the same definition of Montrachet on the Puligny side as Lavalle.
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