White, Ready, but will keep

2009 Puligny-Montrachet, La Garenne, 1er Cru, Ch. de Puligny-Montrachet

2009 Puligny-Montrachet, La Garenne, 1er Cru, Ch. de Puligny-Montrachet

White | Ready, but will keep | Code:  6413 | 2009 | Chardonnay | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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Decanter - Firm apricot and apple nose, quite oaky. Broad and weighty without being heavy-handed; concentrated, with lots of extract and a nutty finish, showing a welcome austerity that's rare in 2009.
(Château de Puligny-Montrachet, la Garenne, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru 2009 - The day's top wines from the Burgundy 2009 en primeur tastings in London)
(Stephen Brook- Decanter.com -11 Jan 2011)

The Grape

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" 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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