Welcome to Grand Millesime

Here at Grand Millesime we know fine French Wine and are happy to share our wealth of knowledge with wine enthusiasts around Australia. Whether you are a complete wine novice or a wine connoisseur we welcome you to share your passion, questions and wine experiences with us.

 

We make several trips to France every year in search of exciting new producers and the finest French wines available. We specialise in Burgundy wines but can help you source any fine and rare French wines. If we don’t have what you want in stock we will make it our mission to find it for you. Our impressive portfolio of hand-selected wines are all tasted at the domaine and selected based on quality.

 

Whether you prefer red, white or rose, from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone or Provence, Grand Millesime can help you expand your knowledge & palate and stock your cellar with the finest.

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Established in 1859 by the cooper-craftsman Jean-Edouard Dupard, Domaine Jean Chartron has been managed by five generations concerned with both the expansion and prosperity of the prestigious vineyards and the management of the rural district.

 

The village owes him its name. In 1873, Jean-Edouard Dupard as mayor of Puligny, asked the city council to authorize by decision that the name Montrachet - the most prestigious local growth name - could be added to Puligny, the original name of the village. The 1839 cadastre lists several original spellings including Mont Rachaz and Mont Rachat. The term Rachat or Rachet comes from the old French word Rache, formerly designating a scab: thus a shaven and scabby hill, its flat slabs of rock and kind of low walls made of just piled stones (locally called "murgers") forming its baldness.

 

Never such a descriptive name could have been so accurately given to a hill: hardly emerging from the plain, the minute Montrachet hill looks like a “gougère” in the landscape.

 

The origin of Puligny-Montrachet goes back to the Gallo roman times, then called Puliniacus. The first vineyards have appeared in these times. However, the real expansion of the vineyards will only take place in 1095 when Pope Urban the Second ratified the donation of the parish of Puligny and its land to the famous Abbey of Cluny.

 

The Burgundian viticultural civilisation started in the early first Century A.D. through the impetus given by the Romans. It developed during the sixth Century when numerous monasteries have been settled in Burgundy, amongst which the abbeys of Cluny and Cîteaux, famous for their influence on winegrowing.

 

These monks who, century after century, divided the vineyards in many different plots (called "climats") and started the hierarchy of the wines, unique in the world and still in use in Burgundy. The influence of these abbeys over the whole Europe combined with the economic and cultural power of the Dukes of Burgundy will build up the fame of Burgundy wines.

 

Strongly based on many vineyards of best terroirs of Puligny-Montrachet and its neighbours, Domaine Jean Chartron has naturally specialized in the vinification and the ageing of great Burgundy wines. They are classic, powerful wines and very serious in style.

 

Recent vintages have been very well reviewed by the French press including Guide Hachette, Bourgogne Aujourd’hui, Bettane and Desseauve, Gault Milleau, Revue des Vins de France, Dussert-Gerber, Gilbert and Gaillard - basically everybody.