Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères is a vineyard producing many different wines, from the elusive and expensive Domaine d’Auvenay to some very small, interesting cuvees from new and exciting producers.
One of my favourite wines from the Enseignères vineyard comes from Domaine Thomas-Collardot.
About the Thomas-Collardot estate
Jacqueline Collardot is the owner and winemaker of this 2.5-hectare estate located in the heart of Puligny-Montrachet.
Jacqueline inherited her vineyards in 2010 from her father, Pierre Thomas, who made the wines until 1992. The vineyards originate three generations earlier from the Henry Chavy estate, and from vines Maurice Thomas brought into his marriage.
From 1992-2010, the vines were farmed by Jacqueline’s cousins Philippe and Hubert Chavy before she took them back to create Domaine Thomas-Collardot, whose first vintage was 2015.
Jacqueline and son Matthieu, who works with her, are cheerful people, and the wines – especially the Enseignères – remind me of that cheerfulness. I rarely find a more effortless and energetic village, with loads and loads of energy.
Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères
Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères caught my attention back in the mid-1990s when Coche-Dury acquired a piece of this now-illustrious village vineyard.
Les Enseignères is, for non-collectors, a relatively unknown vineyard, located just below Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet. While producing tremendous wines, it is perhaps somewhat over the top to claim that this vineyard is near grand cru quality-wise. It does, however, have some very fine attributes that I cherish and admire.
It is indeed a very fine village terroir that can measure up to some of the better 1ers crus in Puligny, although it perhaps struggles to compare with the top 1ers crus.
But let’s take a closer look.
Les Enseignères is located directly below Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, but to be honest, Bienvenues’ location is somewhat blurred to many, other than understanding it is located next to the better-known – and perhaps more consistent – Bâtard-Montrachet.
While Les Enseignères is unknown to many, it is a surprisingly large vineyard, covering 9.12 ha, making it significantly larger than the neighbouring Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet (3.68 ha).
Looking closely, one sees that the northernmost tip of Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet reaches slightly further north than Les Enseignères.
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