2002 Michel Colin Deleger Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Demoiselles"

SKU #1031691 96 points 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.  (2/2004)

92 points 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.  (10/2004)

90 points 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.  (7/2004)

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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.