2006 Puligny Montrachet, Corvées des Vignes, Domaine Maroslavac-Leger (Previously $49.99)

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Corvées des Vignes is on the border with Meursault, kitty corner with Meursault Charmes. The name probably comes from a vineyard where peasants once labored for the local lord. The vines are all over 50, with some 80-year-old vines as well. It has that old-vine intesity, rare in a village wine, with a focused, mineral-driven character. This is fascinating and intellectual, in contrast to a more hedonistic style. Lovely Puligny. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/08) This relatively new domaine was founded in 1975 and makes the very most of its 8 hectares (6 to white grapes, including a small amount of Aligote, and 2 to pinot noir) of vineyards scattered throughout Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault, Saint-Aubin et Auxey Duresses. Harvest is entirely by hand, fermentation occurs in oak barrels, of which 25 -33% are new, according to the grandiosity of the appellation. And fining and filtration are looked down upon. The result is quality red and white burgundy at a seriously good value, amplified by the fact that this estate continues to be relatively unkown in the U.S.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/8/2009 | Send Email
(Full disclosure: With the exception of Blanc de Blancs Champagne and Chablis, I am known in some circles as an unabashed Chardonnay hater. Sorry, I'm just one of those people.) Maroslavac Leger makes white Burgundies that have acidity, drive, tension and distinctive personalities. They may not be for everyone, but if you're looking for truly well-made Chardonnay, look no further. I really like the focused citrus flavors, rich texture and slight nutty savor to this wine. It's a lot of wine for a mere village Puligny. Enough wine to impress someone who usually prefers German Riesling and Chenin Blanc to white Burgs. Very tasty, and highly recommended.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.
Alcohol Content (%): 13