2011 Domaine Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Folatieres" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1140944 95 points Antonio Galloni

 The Puligny-Montrachet Folatieres (Heritieres) flows across the palate with textured suggestions of honey, white flowers, tangerine and sweet spices. A silky, oily finish laced with hazelnut and almond notes rounds things out in style. All the elements fall into place. The Puligny terroirs are all beautifully marked in these 2011s from Jadot, and the Folatieres is among the most nuanced.  (9/ 2013)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from En la Richard). This is both more elegant and more restrained with its airy and complex nose of wet stone, acacia blossom, citrus peel and white peach. There is a fine sense of underlying tension to the stony, saline and utterly delicious medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a chiseled, pure and simply gorgeously long finish. This is terrific and should be both approachable young but offer fine cellar potential.  (9/ 2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (these Domaine des Heritiers Louis Jadot vines are in the lieu-dit en la Richard, just above Chevalier-Montrachet): Good pale, bright yellow. Pure, subdued aromas of flowers, menthol and stone. Juicy and precise, with lovely intensity and acid cut to its concentrated floral and mineral flavors. For all its brightness this is quite silky and suave--not to mention easy to taste today. Finishes with noteworthy length.  (9/ 2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres offers attractive scents of honeysuckle, apricot and almond that are well-defined. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with crisp acidity, hints of quince and apricot with a citric twist on the long finish. It just needs a little more terroir expression. Drink 2015-2025.  (8/ 2013)

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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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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.