2016 Domaine Hubert Lamy Puligny-Montrachet "Les Tremblots" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1343037 89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A pure and airy nose is comprised by the essence of apple and pear with background hints of acacia and citrus zest in evidence. The sleek, intense and caressing flavors possess a relatively tender mouth feel while offering excellent length along with a lovely salinity on the balanced finale. I would add that the flavors are unusually precise compared to what is typical for the vineyard. *Outstanding*  (6/2018)

89-91 points Vinous

 (from older vines on white marl soil; 30 hectoliters per hectare produced in 2016): Pale bright yellow. Aromas of white peach and crushed stone. Sappy, nicely delineated peach fruit is intensified by bracing underlying minerality. Not especially generous or expressive in the early going but energetic and long on the aftertaste. An outstanding village wine in the making. (ST)  (9/2017)

90 points John Gilman

 The 2016 les Tremblots chez Lamy is very good and shows a bit more backend vibrancy than the Chassagne villages this year. The bouquet is bright and stylish, delivering scents of apple, white peach, chalky soil tones and a lovely topnote of apple blossoms. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and bouncy on the backend, with good, but not great depth at the core, fine focus and grip and a long, classy finish. This is a very tasty villages as well, but I have to give the La Princée a slight nod in terms of complexity in this vintage. 2018-2030.  (4/2018)

Decanter

 After the Chassagne villages, the Tremblots marks a change of pace, opening in the glass with a higher-toned bouquet of lemon oil, flowers, crème pâtissière and chalky soil tones. On the palate the wine boasts a taut vertical line and good concentration in a lean, minimalist register.Drinking Window 2020 - 2030. (WK)  (10/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Puligny Montrachet Les Tremblots has a detailed granite and smoke-tinged bouquet that unfurls in the glass but never gets carried away. The palate is fresh and taut on the entry, quite linear and fresh but I would like to see more substance develop on the finish that feels a little ephemeral compared to the impressive previous two vintages. (NM)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

92 Points, Jasper Morris (MW): "The regular bottling (there is a Haute Densité version) has a very fine and elegant bouquet. Wonderful intensity on the palate, some lime topnotes on a stratum of ripe white fruit, long and appealing. Excellent fruit acid balance at the end." (01/2018)


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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.
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.
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.