2016 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet

SKU #1373102 92 points James Suckling

 An assemblage of seven plots in Puligny-Villages. This has a layer of mineral and stone, as well as light white peaches, citrus fruits, melons and grilled hazelnuts. The palate marries tautness with plenty of glycerol. Good weight. Overall elegant and fine. Drink now to 2022.  (2/2018)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here too there is a hint of residual sulfur sitting atop the well-layered nose of apple, pear, floral and discreet spice nuances. The seductively textured flavors are blessed with an abundance of mouth coating dry extract that buffers the vibrant acidity on the more complex and persistent finish. This is an excellent Puligny villages.  (6/2018)

90 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Puligny villages from Maison Drouhin is lovely, offering up a very classic aromatic profile of pear, white peach, chalky soil tones, a touch of butter, vanillin oak and a lovely floral topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely complex, with a plump core of very pure fruit, fine soil signature, bright, zesty acids and fine length and grip on the exuberant finish. This is going to drink beautifully from the moment that it is released. (Drink between 2018-2030)  (11/2017)

90 points Vinous

 Pale, bright yellow. More subdued on the nose than the village Meursault, hinting at white peach and nuts. Juicy and silky but less plump than the Meursault, with harmonious citrussy acidity giving precision to the middle palate and prolonging the fresh fruit on the persistent, resounding finish. Delivers an attractive combination of concentration, delicacy and thrust. An excellent village wine. (ST)  (9/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Broad and fleshy, with good cut defining the peach, lemon and pastry flavors. Turns more linear on the finish, showing good balance and a mouthwatering impression. Drink now through 2024. (BS)  (7/2018)

Decanter

 A bouquet of nutmeg, peach and citrus pith precedes a cool, elegant and medium-full wine which is still a little tightly-wound after its recent bottling. Expect to see this expatiate in six months’ time. Drinking window 2018-2026. (WK)  (10/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Puligny-Montrachet Village felt quite austere on the nose following on from the Meursault and Chassagne-Montachet. This feels aloof and distant, then again, that can be attractive in the right setting. The palate is crisp on the entry with light peach and rosewater notes. There is more going on on the finish here, and there is a pleasant spicy tang on the aftertaste. Give it a year in bottle for the aromatics to develop. (NM)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

90 points Jasper Morris (MW): "Good faint light lemon. A little bit of a very attractive reduction and good fruit and flower balance. Medium bodied, balanced, acidity exactly as it should be. An attractive middleweight Puligny." (1/2018)


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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.