Puligny Montrachet Tasting

Join us and Courtier Wines for a tasting of four great wines from Puligny Montrachet for only $55.

Puligny Montrachet is regarded by many as the greatest white wine commune in the Cote d’Or. While it is considerably smaller than either of its two neighbors, the village can boast two of Burgundy’s six white wine grand crus in their entirety. The wines of Puligny Montrachet are taut, with a greenish-gold color, high acidity and long aging potential – they portray a floral elegance alongside a stylish, steely concentration. The very finest of the premier cru vineyards stretch from the edge of the grand crus towards Meursault. The expression of terroir here seems somehow more sharply etched than elsewhere – the fruit is defined and powerful, yet restrained at the same time.

Ramonet Puligny Montrachet Les Enseigneres 2011

Domaine Ramonet is the most foremost property in Chassagne Montrachet, producing marvelous wines at all levels, from villages through to the most important grand crus. Established in the late 1920s by Pierre Ramonet, and then succeeded by his son Andre, who began to bottle more wine and brought the estate to prominence with ever more magnificent wines in the 1980s. The domaine is now run by Noel Ramonet and his brother Jean-Claude, who farm just over 17 hectares of vines.

Les Enseigneres is considered one of the best villages plots in Puligny Montrachet, adjacent to the grand cru Bienvenue Batard Montrachet. On the nose, the wine exhibits aromas of white flowers, green apple, citrus and lemon. Great precision, detail and intensity define this wine with rich, opulent middle weight flavors that lead to a persistent finish.

Paul Pernot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Garenne 2013

The Pernot family owns sizable holdings in Puligny Montrachet, most of which remain under contract tonegociant houses such as Joseph Drouhin. Veteran Paul Pernot may still receive visitors, but today the work is done by his sons Paul and Michel, now joined by grandson as well. With their fabulous estate, 20 hectares in all of which fifteen are in the commune of Puligny, this is one of the appellation’s most outstanding domaines. At present many of the wines are sold on to extremely fortunate negociants in Beaune, however Paul retains approximately 20% and bottles himself the absolute best of his production to release under his own label.

Pernot’s Clos de la Garenne exhibits a very pretty nose, with aromas of white flowers, ripe orchard fruit, citrus and wet stones. There is excellent richness to the full and detailed palate. Impressively complex and well-balanced, this will drink well now but also age and improve for 10 or more years too.

Louis Carillon Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs Gain 2009

The first Carillon vigneron in Puligny Montrachet, Jehan, has been traced back to 1520 although the winery recognizes 1632 as its founding date. The family holdings were incorporated as Domaine Louis Carillon in 1981, and has been one of the appellation’s most consistently successful producers over the past three decades. The wines have a striking purity of fruit, are beautifully understated, and will last. When compared to the strength and depth found in Meursault and Chassagne, there are relatively few producers in the first division in Puligny. The wines from Jacques Carillon and his brother Francois are their equal and often the best of their type.

Carillon’s Champs Gain is a magical wine, with a bouquet of lemon, white peaches, grapefruit, stony minerality and spring flowers. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep, very pure and complex for such a young wine, with a rock solid core of fruit, great reserves, and sharp cut on the almost endless finish. This will need several years in the cellar to fully reach its peak, but can be enjoyed today too.

Sauzet Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Canet 2013

Etienne Sauzet established his domaine after inheriting a few hectares as a young man, and by 1950 had grown the estate to include some of the most prestigious vineyards around Puligny Montrachet. Initially the domaine was taken over by his son-in-law Gerard Boudot, who arrived in 1974. Since that time, Gerard, now joined by his daughter and son-in-law Benoit Riffault, has augmented his holdings by purchasing grapes; some from the same appellations as his own holdings, others to compliment the range. The vineyards have been farmed organically since 2006 and, after two years of experimentation, all switched to biodynamic cultivation in 2010. Sauzet wines exude aristocracy and elegance – concentrated and opulent, yet beautifully proportioned. In riper vintages, they exemplify the combination of power and elegance. In leaner vintages, they show more finesse and breed. They are some of the most sought-after wines from Puligny and are models of intensity and balance.

Sauzet’s holding in Champs Canet is in a single block, but with four dates of planting – including the oldest vines of the domaine, planted on the eve of World War II. An absolutely classic example of this fine vineyard, the nose exhibits aromas of apple, white peach, lemon oil, chalky minerality and white flowers. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and snappy, with a fine core, excellent balance and focus.