In 1848, France was undergoing a revolution. The provinces, less affected than Paris, became a melting pot where people came together to build a modern world in peace and fraternity. In the same year, the railroad also came to Burgundy. Jean Ropiteau was 24 years old at this time. A grape grower and cooper from Monthélie, this young man, whose Burgundian roots date back to the 16th century, very quickly foresaw the railroad as a way of promoting the wines of his birthplace, so near and dear to his heart. He founded a trading company with his brothers-in-law, the start of an unceasing and undeniable success.
By acquiring many parcels of grapes and must within the Golden Triangle, known for the quality of its appellations. Maison Ropiteau Frères has proven its attachment to its native region and confirmed its willingness to become the specialist in the wines from the Côte de Beaune and more specifically Meursault.
All grapes are carefully selected from the best parcels of land, well before harvest. Some thirty winegrowers work solely with Ropiteau on Meursault soil, respectiong the conditions imposed by the winemaker. Just as every human being is unique within a family, each vine is unique within a given climate. The challenge is to respect this unique character and enhance all its qualities, until perfection is achieved.
At each stage of this process, every wine is examined and appraised several times in the presence of wine brokers and the winegrowers. In this way the Ropiteau style is created and everyone is instilled with a sense of pride thus preserving Ropiteau's qualitative values.
This village appellation comes from the Côte de Beaune, in France’s Côte d’Or department. It includes 19 Premier Cru vineyards. The grapes for this wine were grown in the villages of Chassagne-Montrachet and Rémigny. 464 acres are planted with Chardonnay and 314 acres with Pinot Noir.
Puligny-Montrachet is one of the greatest white wines of Burgundy, one of the five jewels in the crown of the famous Côte de Beaune. As such, it is of course made from the great white grape variety of Burgundy, named after a small village in the region, Chardonnay.