Domaine Paul Pernot is one of the true ambassadors of Puligny-Montrachet. As one of the largest vineyard owners in the village, with some of the most enviable sites, the property sells over 60% of its production to négociants, saving only the cream of the crop for its own bottlings.
We were fortunate enough to visit the estate to taste the 2019s for ourselves and have selected two top buys not to be missed in 2019.
The Bourgogne Côte d'Or comes from a patch of old vines planted in 1975 that borders the Puligny-Montrachet appellation. These mature vines produce an exceptionally rich Bourgogne Blanc and, with 2019’s low yields (more than 50% below average), the wine is even more concentrated – with richness, weight and complexity that really over-delivers for its classification.
Les Folatières – a Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru – offers one of the most complete pictures of this magical vineyard. Pernot is the largest owner here, with three separate plots. The 2019 captures the typicity of this vineyard in both its full-bodied, weighty fruit profile and its mineral backbone so typical of Puligny.
Ripe aromas are comprised by apple and pear compote along with wisps of acacia blossom. The delicious, plump and delicious flavors are rich to the point of opulence though there is better than average depth and persistence on the slightly warm finish. This is worth considering. (Heart - Outstanding top value)
Allen Meadows, Burghound (June 2021) Score: 87/100
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“Pale gold in colour, the 2019 Bourgogne Côte d’Or is one of the most concentrated examples in recent years. Yields are always low with almost 50-year-old vines (all in Puligny), but in 2019 the crop was even smaller. The result is a very perfumed and exuberant nose of white peach, delicate flowers and citrus notes. On the palate, it builds gradually with a rich, complex mouth-feel, with stone fruit, wet stone and almost creamy aromas. The acidity kicks in on the mid-palate, revealing a tangy lemon note reminiscent of caviar limes. The finish is pure and fresh, offering superb length for its level. This should be approachable straight away and evolve nicely for three to five years.”
“An expressive nose of honeycomb, hazelnut and vanilla contrasts with subtle, mineral dry stone and white floral perfume. This is textbook, complex, classic Puligny. There's lovely concentration on the palate, with rich yellow apple, white peach and sultana notes. The complexity of the three parcels exhibits itself with a density and richness from the lower sites, along with a vibrant crunchy mineral salinity from the vines in the higher limestone site. This is generous and mouthwatering. It will be approachable in just a few years and age beautifully over the next 10.”