2007 Domaine Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, "Folatières"

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Much more floral than the Garenne, as usual, with rounder flavors, more weight in the mid-palate, and lots of richness. Very pretty, rather forward, and quite lovely! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 06/08) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, pale yellow. Expressive aromas and flavors of orange blossom, peach, nuts and flowers. Displays the supple, pliant side of 2007 and yet this is quite young, even a bit youthfully aggressive, on the broad back end." (Sept/Oct '09) 90 Points Allen Meadows: "(from a huge 3.5 ha parcel of 45+ year old vines, most of which is in Folatières proper with .40 ha in Peux Bois; the bulk of the production is sold to Maison Drouhin). A fresh, pure and expressive nose of spiced floral and pear aromas trimmed in a gentle touch of wood marries into textured, concentrated and mouth coating medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a borderline opulent yet persistent finish. Lovely if very forward." (Burghound, 06/09)

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By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/28/2009  | Send Email
This is an exceptional wine that just goes on and on and on. There are so many pleasant surprises - balanced fruit, spice and herbs - around every proverbial corner, you'll never get bored. And it's built for the long haul, so you're not only investing in something that's delicious now, but you'll be buying a wine that can last easily for a decade or more. Bravo Paul Pernot!

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.