2010 Château de Puligny-Montrachet Meursault 1er Cru "Les Porusots"

SKU #1133367 89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the nose is overtly exotic with hints of mango and pineapple joining with more typical yellow orchard fruit aromas. The ripeness of the nose telegraphs with accuracy the expected ripeness of the palate as the powerful and tautly muscular flavors are rich, round and opulent. The broad-scaled flavors could be top heavy and a bit sweet but thanks to the firm acid spine the finish is clean, dry and persistent.  (6/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale, bright yellow. Musky, high-toned aromas of lime, anise and cinnamon; the most open and exotic of these 2010s today. Ripe on entry, then dense and tactile in the middle, with the slightly high-toned character following through. Finishes long, chewy and dry. Very sexy wine.  (9/2012)

K&L Notes

In 2002 Etienne de Montille was appointed director of Ch. De Puligny Montrachet, immediately making vineyard and winery changes that would bring the quality level of the estate up considerably (and 10 years later it would be purchased by De Montille). With vineyards in over 20 appellations and covering nearly 50 acres it is a substantial estate.

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Chardonnay

- 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.
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France

- 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.
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Burgundy

- 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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Meursault

- The town of Meursault is a prosperous village, with a Gothic town hall and narrow winding streets. It produces a small amount of red wine, but is justly famous for its whites. Although it has no Grand Cru vineyards, its Premiers Crus are justly famous, particularly Charmes, Poruzots, Perrières and Genevrières. A good Meursault has concentration, grip and backbone, in addition to its soft and rich fruit.