2019 Bâtard-Montrachet, Grand Cru, Domaine Paul Pernot, Burgundy

2019 Bâtard-Montrachet, Grand Cru, Domaine Paul Pernot, Burgundy

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2019 Bâtard-Montrachet, Grand Cru, Domaine Paul Pernot, Burgundy

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Domaine Paul Pernot et ses Fils

Domaine Paul Pernot et ses Fils

The Pernots have very sizeable holdings in Puligny, most of which remains under contract to négociant houses such as Joseph Drouhin. Veteran Paul Pernot may still receive visitors but the work is now done by his sons Paul and Michel, now joined by a grandson, also Paul. I asked Paul senior if anything had changed at the domaine over the last 30 years. No.
 
With their fabulous holdings, 20 hectares in all of which 15 are in the commune of Puligny, this could be the appellation’s outstanding domaine. Some new thinking on the viticultural side might be necessary first. The wines are weighty but inclined to the rustic.
 
Their Puligny holdings include premiers crus Les Folatières, Clos de la Garenne, Les Pucelles’ Champ Canet, and grands crus Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet. Other vineyards include Meursault La Pièce sous le Bois and red wines from Beaune, Volnay, Pommard and Santenay, most of which are sold in bulk.

At present 80% of the wines are sold on to extremely fortunate négociants in Beaune. However, the 20% that Paul retains and bottles himself is the absolute crème de la crème and quintessentially representative of Puligny at its best. As Clive Coates remarks, "Splendid wines… the only problem is that M. Pernot doesn't bottle enough of them himself to fill the demand for them."

Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.

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Bâtard-Montrachet

Bâtard-Montrachet

Renowned for its exceptional white wines, Bâtard-Montrachet is a Grand Cru appellation, situated in the heart of the Côte de Beaune subregion of the larger Côte-d'Or department. The vineyards are nestled between the villages of Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet.

The terroir is characterised by a mixture of limestone and clay soils, with a significant proportion of limestone, which contributes to the unique mineral character of the wines. The region benefits from a continental climate with some influence from the nearby Saône River, providing ideal conditions for cultivating Chardonnay grapes.

The wines are celebrated for their complexity, richness, and intensity and typically exhibit ripe fruit flavours such as citrus, pear, and peach, along with notes of hazelnut, honey, and minerals. Bâtard-Montrachet wines are known for their exceptional ageing potential, often improving and developing more complexity over many years in the bottle.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is often seen as the king of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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