Known to enthusiasts around the world, our village has a little-known history which will be shared in the organization of the next festival of Saint-Vincent Tournante.
Each year, an appellation from the Burgundy vineyard region organizes a festival that pays homage to Saint-Vincent, the patron saint of winegrowers, at the same time as it celebrates a terroir and those who serve it. After having been postponed due to the health crisis, the Saint-Vincent Tournante returns on January 29-30, 2022. Puligny-Montrachet will host, along with its neighbors Blagny and Corpeau, the 78th edition of one of the major events of the region's wine tourism activity.
Since 1938, this tradition has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to villages in their Sunday best and will bring the history of Puligny-Montrachet back to life on this occasion. Does the origin of its name actually comes from wine or ... water? Does Puligny derive from "Puliniacus", which means the house of Pullius, owner of an estate in Gallo-Roman times, or more simply from "pol" which indicates a marsh area?
At the end of the 12th century, in any case, three inhabited places were known within the current limits of the commune: Puligny, seat of the parish; Mypont, home of the lord; the Grange de Blagny, owned by the Cistercian abbey of Maizières. It was the cultivation of the vines that would ultimately nourish the development of the village. The prosperity experienced in the 17th and 18th centuries, with new vineyard plantings, came to a harsh end with the phylloxera crisis of the end of the 19th century, which destroyed almost the entire vineyard area of the region.
It was during this period, in 1879, that the name of Montrachet was nevertheless attached to that of Puligny, like that of Chassagne, definitively anchoring in great wines the destiny of a village of 380 inhabitants that visitors from all over the world know today. And in the center of Puligny-Montrachet, on the Place du Pasquier de la Fontaine, literally "the pasture of the fountain", the Domaine Leflaive has never budged.