2007 Domaine Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet (Previously $45)

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90 points Parker's Wine Advocate: "A distinctly briny note mingles with citrus oils and bitter-sweet floral perfume on the nose of Pernot’s 2007 Puligny-Montrachet. Rich and plush on the palate, its peach fruit is persistently threaded with wafting floral and alkaline, saline mineral elements that supply counterpoint in the context of a lush, forward personality." Much more structure, drive and energy than the Bourgogne. A very sizable step up. Again, very open and generous, with nice minerality threading through it. The nose is particularly expressive and rich today, which bodes well for its future. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 06/08) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar says: "Good pale yellow. High-pitched aroma of white flowers. Juicy, tight and slightly hard-edged in a Pernot way, with very good cut to the citrus and floral flavors. Nicely focused, persistent village wine." (Sept/Oct '09)) Burghound: "(from 4 different parcels within Puligny, including Blagny from vines that average 50 years of age; this too was vinified in steel but the élevage occurred in barrel, of which only 5% were new). As would reasonably be expected, here the acacia blossom and citrus peel nose is more elegant as well as more complex and is followed by delicious and surprisingly forward medium-weight flavors that possess good mid-palate fat on the perfumed and sappy finish. While this should improve for a year or two, it could easily be enjoyed now." (06/09)

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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.
Specific Appellation:

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.