All Montagny wines, whether at village or Premier Cru level, are white wines made from Chardonnay. Grand Cru (great growth) is the highest level in the vineyard classification of Burgundy.There are a total of 550 hectares (1,400 acres) of Grand Cru vineyards - approximately 2% of Burgundy's 28,000 hectares (69,000 acres) of vineyards (excluding Beaujolais) - of which 356 hectares (880 acres) produce red wine and 194 hectares (480 acres) produce white wine. Best Burgundy 2018 premier cru wines Look beyond the headline-grabbing grand cru wines from Burgundy's 2018 vintage and you'll find a raft of brilliant premier crus. The cru hierarchy can be confusing, because premier cru is below grand cru, even though the word "premier" translates as "first" and those wines are often abbreviated as "1er cru." That’s because, in order to be given the grand cru distinction, producers must be consistent. Grapes Planted: Mostly Pinot Noir, with some Chardonnay and Gamay. Domaine Dujac Monts Luisants — since 2000 100% Chardonnay. It’s important to find a producer with a stylistic approach that you enjoy. Burgundy is home to some of the finest wine producers, such as Rousseau, Roumier, and of course Domaine de la Romanee Conti. The only Premier Cru wine in Burgundy from Aligote. Filled with exuberant flavors of sweet jasmine flowers, violets and spices along with delicate red berries. So if you’re serious about your Burgundy but are looking for a smarter way to buy, we have highlighted the best Burgundy premier cru wines from the 2017 vintage, as rated for Decanter Premium subscribers by Tim Atkin MW. The Best Grand Cru Burgundy Vintages . Investment Tips: If the weather in Burgundy was poor, Côte de Beaune can be a safer investment than other regions, especially its Grand Crus and Premier Crus. Photo: BIVB / Droits réservés. Villages 4. Premier Cru wines are labelled with the name of the village of origin, the Premier Cru status, and usually the vineyard name, for example, "Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets". Even many of the best premiers crus can be swamped by the near-100-point scores of the grands crus. Beaune 1er Cru 'Clos du Roi' is, as the name suggests, one of the best parcels in the hills above Beaune. Les Chaniots Premier Cru is the top Montagny from the cooperative, and is partially aged in new wood. Le Musigny is one of the top half dozen vineyards in Burgundy, producing wines of extraordinary intensity and yet with a magical velvety character. Although prices have yet to be released, names like Raveneau, Rousseau, Roumier and Roulot are never going to be pocket-money cheap; but you may have more joy here than searching for their grands crus. 1er Cru, Jean-Marc Boillot, Montagny. That doesn’t just mean buying all the premier cru – or even grand cru – level wines, but also good village-level wines, too. The average market value of the best Morey-Saint-Denis wines is 95 euros. Premier Cru 3. Top Chardonnay from Louis Jadot: 2019 Meursault, Premier Cru, Les Gouttes d’Or Burgundy 2019: Pavelot’s La Dominode Brilliant Savigny-lès-Beaune Premier Cru from Jean-Marc & Hugues Pavelot This comes as no surprise, but scratch the surface and you’ll find a raft of highly-rated wines from premier cru sites. This is a sexy wine. The term Saint-Émilion Grand cru refers to wineries or wines below the overall Grand cru classé level, and is integrated within the appellation rules. The tannins are suave and firm with a plushness coming from this ripe vintage. $22.98 30% off Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2008. The Colins have been winemakers for generations, but until the mid-1970s the family sold their wines in bulk to négociants in the region. It won’t be too much of a surprise to see that most of our top-scoring Burgundy 2017 wines are from grand cru vineyards. Fresh, well balanced, good grip, nice citrus notes and all would be excellent food wines. We've pulled together the top premier cru wines tasted by Tim Atkin MW for his 2018 Burgundy en primeur report... 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