1997 Michel Colin-Deleger Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Demoiselles" (1.5L)

SKU #1283449 93 points Wine Spectator

 A wild white Burgundy that mixes earth and grass with opulent ultraripeness, it wins the day with concentrated fruit, silky texture and layers of complex flinty, smoky and minerally personality. For adventuresome aficionados. (PM)  (9/1999)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Colin's Puligny-Montrachet Les Demoiselles exhibits floral, perfumed mineral scents, as well as a medium-to-full-bodied and beautifully focused personality. Layers of earth, tangy white fruits, stones, and oak spices can be found in its complex and silky flavor profile. This elegant, well-delineated wine boasts a long and pure finish. (PR)  (2/1999)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An obviously ripe and slightly exotic nose of honeysuckle, apricot and mango leads to soft, forward and rich medium full flavors that offer good depth though the balance is suspect for aging. I would be inclined to give this another year or two in the cellar and drink up over the next 2 to 4. In sum, this is acceptable but not distinguished for the vintage.  (12/1999)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Roasted fruits and a hint of white raisin on the nose; less vibrant than it was from barrel a year ago. Big, rich and gently styled; I don't find the grip or length of the Truffieres, but Colin says this will last longer. From 50-year-old vines that produce very small berries.  (9/1999)

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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.
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.