The name Au Pied de Mont Chauve is a nod to the Montrachet hillside above. Francine Picard began developing this name in 2007, and now it is used for all the Château’s wines given that a rule is being newly enforced to prevent the Château of one wine village offering bottles from a different appellation. 2019 marks organic certification for the Au Pied de Mont Chauve vineyards which total 30ha in Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and St-Aubin.

Antoine Lepetit de la Bigne, biodynamic consultant, spent a year here as technical director. The wines are now made by Alice Evrard.

The whites are pressed directly, settled overnight then sent to barrel to start fermenting. Wood of various different sizes may be used, 228 and 350 litre barrels and some foudres. Little sulphur was employed at the 2019 harvest and none at all in 2020. The lees are rarely stirred and the wines are racked to tank at the end of the first year.

The reds were previously all destemmed, though this has changed in 2020 with 20-50% whole bunches used in some cuvées. Vinification is now without sulphur, in stainless steel tanks, with light extraction, followed by maturation in 10 to 30% new wood. My experience with the wines of Au Pied de Mont Chauve is very recent, but a page is clearly turning here. Wines to look out for include the unexpected red Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées, as well as the excellent white from that vineyard, and the rare Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Demoiselles.

White Wines

Puligny 1er Cru Demoiselles 0.15
Puligny 1er Cru Garenne 0.34
Chassagne 1er Cru Caillerets 0.11
Chassagne 1er Cru Chaumées 0.21
Chassagne 1er Cru Chenevottes 0.61
Chassagne 1er Cru Clos St-Jean 0.53
Chassagne 1er Cru Macherelles 0.48
Chassagne 1er Cru Maltroie 0.2
Chassagne 1er Cru Vergers 0.22
Chassagne-Montrachet 5.47
St-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 0.4
St-Aubin 1er Cru Charmois 5.37
St-Aubin 1er Cru Champlots 0.11
St-Aubin 1er Cru Pitangeret 0.52

Red Wines

Chassagne 1er Cru Chaumées 0.5
Corton Les Fietres 0.36
Beaune Montée  Rouge 0.93
Chassagne Concis des Champs 0.49
Chassagne-Montrachet 1.85
St-Aubin 1er Cru Charmois 2.76
St-Aubin 1er Cru Frionnes 0.5
St-Aubin 1er Cru Pitangeret 0.36
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