Puligny-Montrachet, situated to the south of Meursault and to the north of Chassagne-Montrachet, shares with Chassagne a handful of the greatest white wine vineyards in the world. The Clos de la Garenne is a small vineyard of approximately five acres lying at the southern extremity of the Champ-Canet premier cru, adjacent to Les Folatières. Le Domaine du Duc de Magenta owns all but a fraction of an acre of this superb vineyard, which yields one of Puligny’s finest premier crus. The Puligny-Montrachet “Clos de la Garenne” of Duc de Magenta is a full and generous yet extremely elegant wine. The grapes are pressed immediately upon arrival at the cellar and fermented in 228-litre casks used for the same wine vintage to vintage. Depending on the ripeness and natural acidity of the fruit, alcoholic fermentation will be followed by a malolactic fermentation of from ten to sixty percent of the lot, both processes taking from two to six months. The wines are given a “bâtonnage,” whereby the lees are stirred into the must, once or twice a week for a few months during the aging process. The quality of the vintage and the greatness of the cru determine the length of time the wine will spend in oak as well as the percentage of new oak, if any, to which it will be exposed; typically, aging lasts from twelve to twenty months in no more than thirty percent new wood. A skim milk fining and, rarely, a light filtration, preceded bottling.