2002 Michel Colin Deleger Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Demoiselles"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
There are only three and a half barrels (87 cases) of the exceptional 2002 Puligny-Montrachet Les Demoiselles. Its intricate aromatic profile reveals a deep, spicy minerality. This fleshy, expansive, medium-bodied wine broadens on the taster’s palate, releasing intense layers of minerals, gravel, and spices. Seamless, harmonious, and exhibiting astounding length, this is one of the great efforts of Michel Colin’s 40-year career. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2015.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Superripe aromas of peach, stone and nutty oak, with a suggestion of petrol; a bit less pristine than the Truffiere. Fat, lush, broad and sweet; bigger and richer than the Truffiere but not quite as precise. Finishes sweet, full and long. I'd start drinking this in three or four years and wait five or six for the Truffiere.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
The nose is gently oaky and certainly more pronounced in this regard than the Truffière, offering toasty aromas and a hint of vanilla. The flavors are big and admirably dense but I find the oak to be borderline intrusive, especially on the persistent finish where there is also a touch of warmth. To be sure, this is a fine wine but there is more wood in evidence than I think does the wine's raw material justice...55 year old vines and this is not the same cuvée as the Clos St. Abdon version in 2002... Bruno Colin was quite positive about the 2002s, calling them "fresh and beautifully balanced wines with good natural sugars, racy acidities and excellent potential". They saw one-third new oak and will be bottled in March, which is one month later than the 2001s. Note: Long time admirers of the Domaine will be interested to know that as of the 2004 vintage, the destructive nature of the French inheritance system will have struck again. This is because Michel's two sons, Bruno and Philippe have decided to take their respective portions of the Domaine so that they can take advantage of certain benefits in the French tax code. As of 2004, there will be three domaines with three different labels as a result of the split with Michel keeping the Chevalier-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet "Les Demoiselles" and part of the Chassagne-Montrachet "En Remilly"; these three parcels will only total .70 ha so it really will be more of a hobby than anything else.