Domaine Hubert Lamy, Puligny-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes 2012

The Puligny-Montrachet is made on the village terroir “Les Tremblots” from very old vines – planted in 1946 and 1970. The terroir is located below Les Ensignieres on the Chassagne side of Puligny. In the nose pear and acacia blossom .. quite rich, ripe and expressive with a gorgeous display of Puligny terroir. On the palate very fine nerve and weight for a village Puligny … beautifully balanced. Really impressed by this wine … a top end Puligny village in my view.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2020) – Fine – (91p) – Tasted 17/03/2014 at the domaine.

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Domaine Leflaive, Puligny Montrachet 1999

The Puligny village 1999 from Domaine Leflaive is still crisp and delightful. In the bouquet lovely matured complexity with notes of yellow orchard fruits, hazelnuts and a fresh citrus infused minerality. On the palate pure and matured with a nice weight for this level – focused and fresh with a nice backbone of acidity. A lovely expressive Puligny village … very crisp and a true delight!

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Very Good (89p) – Tasted 08/12/2013

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Domaine Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 2000

The Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 2000 from Domaine Leflaive is approaching maturity. In the nose expressive yellow fruit with notes of hazelnuts and almonds … spiced with a lovely citrus infused minerality. On the palate fine power and weight for the vintage – intense and balanced with a delicate support from the terroir. The acidity is good rather than impressive … but sufficient to give the wine a vibrant freshness. A lovely harmonious effort – a slight bottle variation though.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 31/12/2013

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Domaine Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 1996

The 1996 wines from Domaine Leflaive are showing great at the moment – and the Combette is no exception. The nose is very complex with lovely mature notes of yellow fruits, almonds and hazelnuts, spiced with coffee and a citrus infused minerality. On the palate rich and intense fruit supported by the fantastically vibrant and crisp 1996 acidity. The finish is long and very powerful for this level … very impressive. Can’t quite match Les Pucelles 96 though – but the rich and somewhat openly knit style of Combettes is a perfect match for the vintage. A gorgeous mature white Burgundy …. the 1996 Leflaives are just great.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Very Fine+ (94p) – Tasted 31/12/2013

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Domaine Ramonet, Batard Montrachet 2010

The Batard Montrachet 2010 from Domaine Ramonet is a true beauty. The bouquet is crammed with orchard fruit, acacia and a delightful focusing minerality – so refined and pure. On the palate rich and quite intense fruit with a filigree and refined backbone of minerality and acidity. It’s perfectly balanced, transparent and airy woth excellent concentration and length. Perhaps not as weighty as the Batard from Leflaive … but the purity and refinement is delightful and very impressive. A absolutely gorgeous and stunning wine.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Outstanding (96p) – Tasted 18/12/2013

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Le Blagny-Blanc – overlooked and forgotten?

Meursault Blagny is quite well known among Burgundy drinkers and collectors, but have you ever heard about Le Blagny-Blanc?

The appellations of Burgundy are numerous and the system is not always logical and straightforward, so I often turn to Lavalle, when I want to get a historic view on the Burgundy appellations.

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When I was making my article about Puligny Les Demoiselles I stumbled on a unknown vineyard in the Puligny classification made by Lavalle in 1855 … the vineyard Le Blagny-Blanc.

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Les Demoiselles – Puligny 1er cru and part of Chevalier-Montrachet

The vineyards in Burgundy are numerous, and some are not even included in detailed maps over Burgundy. One of these vineyards is Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Demoiselles.

I tried to find the location on my trusted standard map – the Atlas Vins app for iPad – made by the Sylvain Pitiot and Pierre Poupon – but no luck on these otherwise outstanding maps.

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I then did some more research, and found a quite interesting story about the Les Demoiselles, Puligny Les Caillerets and Chevalier Montrachet.

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Domaine Guy Amiot, Puligny-Montrachet Les Demoiselles 2004

The 2004 Puligny-Montrachet Les Demoiselles 2004 from Domaine Guy Amiot is in a beautiful spot. In the nose lovely complexity with notes of apple, pear, hints of hazelnuts and oak. On the palate crisp and balanced with a lovely delicate fruit and a very fine supporting minerality. The display of terroir is quite impressive in the long mineral driven finish. Very refined for the vintage … with a lovely freshness and balance. Will keep but is delightful now … a gorgeous Puligny 1er cru.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Fine+ (92p) – Tasted 09/10/2013

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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Batard-Montrachet 2007

The 2007 Batard-Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a sensational wine – and among the best white Burgundies I have tasted. The bouquet is crammed with orchard fruits – very intense but still cool, crisp and airy with a beautiful supporting mineral note. It’s young but the complexity is nevertheless stunning. On the palate very intense and beautifully structured by the very precise and powerful 2007 acidity. Layers of fruit on the midpalate supported by a vibrant and firm minerality – incredibly well balanced and long. Love the purity and the feeling of perfect ripeness – a truly magnificent white Burgundy … they doesn’t come much better than this.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2023) – Extraordinary+ (98p) – Tasted 12/09/2013

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Domaine Leflaive, Puligny Montrachet 2001

The Puligny-Montrachet 2001 from Domaine Leflaive is stil fresh and crisp. In the nose fine yellow fruit, almonds, slight hint of citrus and a nice Puligny minerality – classic Leflaive. On the palate fine balance with a quite intense fruit and a crisp and fresh acidity. Very harmanious for the vintage … almost without the slightly rustic and rough character of the vintage. A lovely effort … matured … but will keep – this is how a village Puligny should be.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Very Good (89p) – Tasted 15/06/2013

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Comte Lafon, Montrachet 2009

The Montrachet 2009 from Lafon is a very impressive and refined wine for the vintage. The bouquet is very complex and filigree with layers of exotic yellow orchard fruits, delicate floral notes and a hint of oak integrated with the intense mineralic notes. It’s currently slightly reduced and finely understated for the vintage – the 2009 vintage really need a big terroir like this to show it’s best. On the palate excellent concentration … with layers of dense but very delicate fruit, fililgree minerality – backed by a quite impressive acidity for the vintage. Compared to other 2009s i’m very impressed by the delicacy in the fruit, and the overall balance of the wine. Tasted with the 2004 it lacks some of the acidic backbone and focus of the 2004, but given the vintage – the 2009 is even more impressive with it’s very pure and refined fruit. A outstanding wine – and a very impressive statement in 2009.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2023) – Outstanding (96p) – Tasted 24/05/2013

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Comte Lafon, Montrachet 2004

The Montrachet 2004 from Lafon is a tribute to the qualities of the 2004 vintage in white Burgundy. The bouquet is very complex with deep yellow fruit, almonds, white flowers – spiced with a citrus infused minerality. It’s expressive but still very refined and even somewhat understated. On the palate it offers intense fruit flavors with very significant weight and density. The fruit is powerful but still juicy with a intense nerve and energy from the lovely 2004 acidity and the multible layers of filigree minerality from the Montrachet terroir. The linear acidity and the intense minerality focuses the wine throughout the very long and precise finish. A truly extraordinary wine with stunning complexity, poise and power..

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2018) – Extraordinary (97p) – Tasted 24/05/2013

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Bouchard Pere et Fils, Chevalier-Montrachet 2011

The Chevalier-Montrachet 2011 from Bouchard is very refined and showing beautifully. The bouquet offer pure and cool orchard fruits – with notes of white peach, melon and pear – hints of acacia flower, petrolium, citrus and a filligree stony minerality. On the palate very intense with a very long mineralic finish – the fruit is crystal clear and supported very well by the multible layers of complex minerality. The acidity is vibrant and the tension and nerve is indeed impressive. A very elegant Chevalier-Montrachet in the making.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Outstanding 95 – Tasted 01/05/2013

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Bouchard Pere et Fils, Montrachet 2011

The Montrachet 2011 from Bouchard is a refined and very balanced masterpiece. The bouquet is offering pure crystaline cool orchard fruits – intense but airy … with discrete citrus notes and a powerful but very filligree stony minerality. On the palate very intense with a very long mineralic finish – but still it’s a incredibly balanced and lightfooted wine. The fruit is crystal clear and supported perfectly by the multible layers of complex minerality. The acidity is very vibrant and the tension and nerve in this refined wine is extraordinary. Bottom line – one of the most refined and delicate Montrachets I have tasted.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2023) – Extraordinary 97 – Tasted 01/05/2013

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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Batard Montrachet 2000

The Batard Montrachet 2000 from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a great matured white. The bouquet is very expressive and complex with notes of acacia, hazelnuts, almonds and Belle de Booskoop apple – spiced with hints of toast, coffee and citrus. The palate offer rich and pure fruit with a intense underlying minerality. It’s rich and almost creamy – but still vibrant and fresh. A lovely balanced and matured wine – with delightful complexity and great length. A beautiful wine.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from Now) – Outstanding+ 96p – Tasted 20/03/2013

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Domaine Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 1996

The Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 1996 from Domaine Leflaive is a true beauty when firering on all cylinders. The bouquet is expressive and complex offering a ripe intense yellow fruit with notes of melon, hazelnuts, smoky almonds, acacia and a twist of fresh citrus – supportet by a intense mineralic scent. Still some elements of smoky gun powder in the nose. On the palate matured crisp fruit – it’s focused, complex and weighty with the fine minerality and 1996 acidity as a structuring and focusing backbone. Love the purity, balance and nerve in this wine – this is Grand cru level. Indeed a perfect bottle of Pucelles – a great and still vibrant wine.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink Now) – Outstanding 96p – Tasted 18/03/2013

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Domaine Ramonet, Montrachet 2008

The Montrachet 2008 from Ramonet is one of the best white Burgundies I have ever tasted. The bouquet is very expressive with orchard fruits – acacia, pear and melon – spiced with hints of citrus and a very intense stony minerality. The palate is impressively harmonious with layers upon layers of intense pure virbrant fruit – the minerality is massively intense and the 2008 acidity is playful and nervy – adding to the complexity. The finish is immensely long and intense – and yet fresh and vibrant. A extraordinary white Burgundy – spizenklasse!

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Extraordinary 97p – Tasted 19/03/2013

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Domaine Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 2002

The Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 2002 from Domaine Leflaive has entered a matured stage .. and presently showing all it’s glory. The bouquet is very expressive and complex offering a ripe intense yellow fruit with notes of melon, fallen apples, hazelnuts, acacia and a twist of fresh grape – supportet by a intense mineralic scent. The palate offer big and creamy fruit aromas – quite fat and dense for a Pucelles – with a excellent support from the fine acidity, the citrus notes and the strong mineralic expression of the terroir. A big and intense Pucelles – with a Grand Cru like weight. This example seems slightly advanced in my view, and is indeed drinking beautifully now. Drink within the next few years .. fear the slightly oxidized notes of fallen apples will be more pronounced with further cellaring. Nevertheless a very fine effort from Leflaive … and a pleasure now.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink Now) – Very Fine 93p – Tasted 03/03/2013

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Benjamin Leroux, Puligny Montrachet 2010

The Puligny-Montrachet 2010 from Benjamin Leroux is a mixed bag of goodies. In the bouquet quite a stony minerality with white orchard fruits and a hint of citrus. On the palate quite finely balanced with a good focus. Very good medium weight fruit on the midpalate – and a nice quite long mineralic finish. On the positive side it’s pure and harmonious, on the slightly negative side the fruit is lacking some depth and vibrancy. A good wine … but in my view lacking some nerve and brilliance.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Good 87p – Tasted 20/02/2013

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Domaine Leflaive, Batard Montrachet 2010

The Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive is slightly closed – but nevertheless showing it’s greatness. In the bouquet ripe and cool fruit – notes of orchard fruits – peach, pear, acacia, with a intense stony minerality and a twist of citrus zest. The nose is quite discrete, refined and very filigree. On the palate outstanding midpalate concentration and energy – big and bold – and yet refined and remarkably lightfooted. The finish is long and powerful with a vibrant acidity and a intense minerality. Stylewise it follows the lesser 2010s and confirm the “new” discrete and in my view more refined Leflaive style. This is a masterpiece from Domaine Leflaive – the Chevalier and the Montrachet must be mesmerizingly great. The Batard 2010 is truly outstanding – Bravo!

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Outstanding+ 96p – Tasted 20/02/2013

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