Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes
Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France
At 11ha, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes is a relatively large Premier Cru vineyard producing highly regarded Chardonnay white wines. Les Chenevottes sits slightly higher up the Côte d’Or from Le Montrachet, and though at slightly higher elevation, has similar soil composition and orientation to its illustrious Grand Cru neighbour. Some white Burgundy aficionados would also that the Chardonnays these two sites produce also share a characteristic richness combined with minerality – though naturally this is amplified in the wines of the Grand Cru.
The vineyard of Les Chenevottes also contains the Premier Cru lieux-dits of Les Commes and Les Bondues. Wines from these sites, which run along the vineyard’s northern fringe, are permitted to be labelled as such, or simply as Les Chevenottes. The name ‘Les Chevenottes’ derives from the French dialect word ‘cheneve’, meaning hemp, suggesting this site was at one time used for hemp cultivation.