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.
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.… Read the full article →
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.
I then did some more research, and found a quite interesting story about the Les Demoiselles, Puligny Les Caillerets and Chevalier Montrachet.… Read the full article →
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.… Read the full article →
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.… Read the full article →
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.… Read the full article →
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.… Read the full article →
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.… Read the full article →
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.… Read the full article →
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.
(Drink from Now) – Outstanding+ 96p – Tasted 20/03/2013
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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.… Read the full article →
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.… Read the full article →
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.… Read the full article →
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.… Read the full article →
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.… Read the full article →
The Puligny Montrachet v2010 from Domaine Leflaive is a very impressive village wine. In the bouquet – slightly closed – but with a slightly chalky minerality and a lovely fruit expression – melon with hints of more exotic orchard fruits. Very fresh, ripe and crystal clear and quite discrete – this is new school Leflaive! On the palate very refined with a good mid-palate weight, great balance and a long precise finish. Like many 2010s it currently shows a yin and yang effect between the acidity and fruit – this tension is fine – but it really need time to show the full pontential.… Read the full article →
The Batard Montrachet 2006 from Domaine Ramonet is a typical 2006 white Burgundy. In the bouquet very rich fruit with elements of pear, melon and Belle de Boskoop apples. On the palate rich fruit, quite sweet powerful and dense. The alcohol level is on the high side (14%) and this is showing in the finish clouding the otherwise fine minerality. A very fine effort for the vintage but the alcohol level is somewhat too high for my palate.
(Drink from 2016) – Fine 91p – Tasted 04/10/2012
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