2012 Monthélie Pinot Noir, Château de Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy

2012 Monthélie Pinot Noir, Château de Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy

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2012 Monthélie Pinot Noir, Château de Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy

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Burgundy 2012 En Primeur - Best Value
Cherry-red and as fresh and cheery as could be wanted - a really lovely, satisfying red Burgundy wine for drinking soon after shipment and at a very sensible price.
Tom Cave, Fine Wine

Etienne has retained his two preferred vineyards, Les Plantes and Les Clous, and sold the rest. A bright mid-purple with a perfumed dark raspberry nose, good energy on the palate and a lively finish assisted by one third whole bunch vinification. A delicious wine for relatively early drinking.
Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director

The Château de Puligny, run by Etienne de Montille on behalf of its owners for the previous decade, was purchased by Etienne and his sister Alix in 2012. They already knew what they wanted to do with the property: sell off the least interesting vineyards, switch a couple of cuvées across to their family domaine and concentrate on a more limited, coherent range of appellations for the château. As it happens, the range has been further reduced by hail. The estate is now certified organic, having been farmed biodynamically since 2005, and with the benefit of Alix’s proven skills as a white wine maker, the wines are already showing a greater sense of purity and definition.

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Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet

Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet

Château de Puligny was a slumbering force until it was finally awoken by the arrival of Etienne de Montille in time to oversee the 2001 vintage. Under Etienne, yields have been drastically reduced and the wines are handled much more sympathetically in the cellar so that the quality of the fruit dominates the oak.

In 2012 Étienne and investors purchased the property and have radically reformed the estate, dropping unsuitable vineyards, converting to organic (and indeed biodynamic) farming, and further improving the winemaking.

Etienne also makes the wines at his family's domaine in Volnay, where a lighter touch is also in evidence in recent vintages. Puligny needs more Premiership performers, and Château de Puligny has already established its credentials as an elite respresentative.

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Monthelie

Monthelie

A small village nestling in a valley behind Meursault and Volnay, Monthelie produces mostly red wines, mini-Volnays with appealing fruit but sometimes a rustic edge, and a small amount of white wine. The best wines come from the steep slopes above the village, such as Les Duresses.

  • 109 hectares of village Monthelie.
  • 31 hectares of premier cru vineyards (11 in all). Best vineyard is Les Duresses.
  • Recommended Producer:  Lafon

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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