2016 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Combettes" (Previously $130)

SKU #1390823 90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is also moderately reduced yet the underlying fruit seems ripe. There is a more restrained palate feel to the generous and more obviously mineral-inflected medium-bodied flavors that possess both good verve and fine precision, all wrapped in a tension-filled, persistent and well-balanced if notably austere finish. Worth a look. *Outstanding*  (6/2018)

92 points Vinous

 (Jadot had close to a normal yield here, harvesting these early-ripening vines at the beginning; aged in one new, one once-used and one twice-used barrel): Laid-back nose exudes scents of peach, pear and spices. Quite aromatic on the palate, offering concentrated flavors of stone fruits, apple and spices. Conveys good energy for this ripe site. Barnier blocked a high percentage of the malolactic fermentation; otherwise, he told me, this very ripe wine could have finished with less than three grams per liter of acidity. Finishes long but slightly aggressive, with a tannic skin quality. (ST)  (9/2018)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes has a straightforward, quite focused bouquet with light smoky, flinty scents gradually surfacing with time. The palate is well balanced with good depth, quite honeyed in texture with flecks of white chocolate and spice toward the finish. I would be seeking more tension and mineralité on this Combettes but let's see if that develops by the time of bottling. (NM)  (12/2017)

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- 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.
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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.