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|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Françoise Moreau|
|• Land1||6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi)|
|• Population2 Density||60/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||21150 / 21190|
|Elevation||209–410 m (686–1,350 ft)
(avg. 268 m or 879 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
It used to be known under the name Chassagne-le-Haut, but the name was changed to Chassagne-Montrachet by a decrete on November 27, 1879. Around this time, many Burgundy villages appended the name of their most famous vineyard to that of the village name.
Chassagne-Montrachet is an appellation consisting of 350 ha (865 acres) of clayish limestone located south of Côte de Beaune. Most wine produced in the village is white wine from the Chardonnay grape, although red wine is also made from the Pinot noir grape.
The village shares two Grand Cru vineyards - Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet - with the neighbouring village of Puligny-Montrachet, and also includes the entirety of a third, Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet, within its boundaries. These three vineyards produce some of the most expensive and long-lived white wines in the world.
- Syndicat Viticole de Chassagne-Montrachet: Histoire, accessed 2010-11-18 (French)
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