Some of the famours and best terroirs producing our beloved white Burgundies have actually produced red wines if one goes some decades or a century back.
Gradually the production of red wines in the Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet appellations have been reduced, as Pinot Noir vines have been replaced by Chardonnay.
Some of this development was perhaps initiated phylloxera epidemic, but is continuing to this date especially in a appellation like Chassagne-Montrachet, where red vines are being regrafted or uprooted each year.
The main reason for this development has been higher prices on white wines from these appellations, and while it have created some beautiful whites, I’m pretty sure we have missed out on some gorgeous reds due to this trend.
But lets take a closer look at the terroirs that once were producing red wines – but today are producing white Burgundies.
Red terroirs in Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet
Puligny-Montrachet is today known for the fabulous white wines produced in this appellation, and while you can find the occasional red wine form Puligny they are very rare indeed these days.
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