2012 Domaine Paul Pernot Bourgogne Chardonnay

SKU #1154242 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 In contrast to some of his colleagues on the Cote de Beaune, veteran Paul Pernot described 2012 as 'on the classic side.' The wines, he went on, are richer than the 2011s, 'but the two vintages are similar in quality and style. The 2012s have a bit less acidity than the 2011s, and the balance of 2011 is almost perfect.'

K&L Notes

Charming richness, with nice palate weight. Medium weight, with nice Puligny character and pretty drive. and lemon notes Strongest on the finish, where the wine shows both more length and more drive than is evident on the entry or mid-palate. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2013)

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/30/2014  | Send Email
As a fan of Puligny Montrachet, I always look forward to the arrival of the Paul Pernot wines. Made entirely of declassified Puligny fruit, the Bourgogne blanc at $21.99 is consistently one of the best Chardonnay values in the store. This 2012 vintage is similar in style to the 2011 - forward and approachable but with more richness and weight. Classic Puligny with superb minerality and fresh citrus notes.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/5/2014  | Send Email
The striking aromas of the Pernot wines even at the entry level Bourgogne always scream Puligny! I always look forward to this wine arriving and to taste it right away. The 2012 is fantastic and this wine never lasts long in inventory.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5