Hope to see you all at the Grand Tasting on Monday night! Cheers and thanks to Keith for the following tasting notes...
Château de Puligny Montrachet
The rebirth of the Château de Puligny Montrachet since my visit there in 2002 is astounding. Since Etienne de Montille took over, the yields are down, farming is organic or biodynamic and attention to detail shows from top to bottom. The result has been extremely fine wines, all estate grown.
A particularly good bargain is the 2004 Château de Puligny Montrachet Bourgogne Blanc, Clos du Château Made from 100% estate-grown fruit from the walled vineyard around the Château, this is a Puligny Montrachet in all but name, with bright fruit and lovely focus.
The 2004 Château de Puligny Montrachet Monthelie Blanc has lovely mid-palate balance, with bright creamy notes and good weight. The pretty floral notes on the nose add to its charm.
The 2004 Château de Puligny Montrachet St. Aubin 1er Cru, “En Remilly” is a rich wine with elegant minerality and a lemon-cream note. The finish is long, persistent and balanced.
The 2004 Château de Puligny Montrachet Puligny Montrachet shows very pretty pine and mineral notes, with fresh, bright fruit. The wine has a precise focus to it, and is lovely, fine and lingering on the finish.
There are also small quantities of the 2004 Château de Puligny Montrachet Meursault 1er Cru, “Poruzots” , the 2004 Château de Puligny Montrachet Meursault 1er Cru, “Perrieres” and the 2004 Château de Puligny Montrachet Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru, “Folatieres”, as well as tiny quantities of their spectacular Grands Crus, Chevalier, Bâtard and Montrachet Á Santé. —Keith Wollenberg