Producer

Château de la Maltroye

Country

FRANCE

Region of production

Burgundy, Côte de Beaune

Appellations

20 (Côte de Beaune)

Founded

1941

Climate

Temperate with slight Continental tendencies

Soil composition

Clay-limestone

Vineyard

14.5 hectares used for production (of which 70% is Premiers Crus)

Agriculture

Sustainable

Production Volume

45,000 bottles, of which 60% are whites and 40% are reds

Varieties Grown

Aligoté, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Ages of Vines

A quarter under 30 years old, half between 30 and 50 years old and the remaining quarter between 50 and 80 years old

Behind the Wines

Jean-Pierre Cournut

Château de la Maltroye has been a family-run business since the early 1940s. Jean-Pierre Cournut, the third generation, traded a career in aeronautical engineering for wine-making and is now one of the most respected producers of white and red Burgundy Grand Crus.

One foot in the past, one foot in the future

Access the wines of this producer

Here in North America, the Château de la Maltroye estate is known primarily for its reds. However, it’s also fast becoming renowned for its delicious white wines.

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 The ruins of the original 15th-century home have been replaced by an 18th-century mansion with diamond-patterned glazed tiles.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.