One foot in the past, one foot in the future
Geographical faults, flawless wines
Chassagne-Montrachet in the Côte-d’Or area boasts three geological faults. The result is a highly diverse array of Burgundies that range from fruity to mineral. Château de la Maltroye wines are renowned for their pure flavours and minerality.
A quintessential Burgundy castle
The château itself sits atop Chassagne-Montrachet village, in the heart of Burgundy. The ruins of the original 15th-century home have been replaced by an 18th-century mansion with diamond-patterned glazed tiles. The impressive vaulted cellars also date from the 15th century.
The buildings are a few hundred years old, but the vineyard’s reputation can be traced back to 1940. André Cournut, Jean-Pierre’s father, purchased the castle from Marcel Picard in 1940 and began producing wine. In 1993, a key date for Château de la Maltroye, André handed the reins to Jean-Pierre.
Lower yield, higher quality
When he wanted to modernize the vineyard, Jean-Pierre looked to his training as an engineer and his love of high-tech equipment. He implemented significant changes—most notably the installation of a temperature-control system for the production of both reds and whites and the application of the cordon de Royat vine training system to most of his red grape vines. This system reduces yield, but increases quality. “I always prioritize quality and attention to detail over yield,” says Jean-Pierre.
Their most prized plot
Jean-Pierre Cournut’s favourite plot is Dent de Chien, which was classified as a Montrachet Dent de Chien appellation prior to 1936. We have a soft spot for Bâtard-Montrachet, the most prestigious Château de la Maltroye Grand Cru. The grapes grown here produce an extraordinarily smooth wine with wonderful minerality.