• Old-Vine Puligny Montrachet

    Old-Vine Puligny Montrachet

    Being introduced to Marc and Alexandre Bachelet-Monnot's Puligny-Montrachet took me back to my first glass of Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey. It was clear this domaine, too, was destined for star status. In a short time, these young brothers have also put Maranges on many collectors' maps.

    Bachelet-Monnot's Puligny Montrachet comes exclusively from old vines from four lieu dits: Les Corvées, Les Meix, Les Houillières, and Noyer Bret. This cuvée is a classic interpretation of Puligny with cut, tension, and ripe concentration. Following in PYCM's footsteps, Bachelet-Monnot chooses to ferment and age in larger barrels, with modest oak influence and a six-month stay in steel before bottling.

    The Maranges Premier Cru reds are also stellar in every way, combining regal structure and finesse centered upon a core of pristine red and blue fruits. Maranges 1er Cru Fussières is a personal favorite for its energy and precision, sourced from Maranges' highest elevation vineyard.

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    Posted by Max Kogod
  • Crystal Clear: White Burgundy 2004 & 2007

    Crystal Clear: White Burgundy 2004 & 2007

    Capturing a white Burgundy at the perfect moment in evolution is an unrivaled experience. Fruit and salinity have melded together, while texture has unfolded and edges softened. Vintages that favor freshness over power have showed the greatest promise in aging slowly.

    Today we take a close look at two vintages that have given me the most personal pleasure from their era. Highlighted are producers whose wines are built for the cellar. From Vincent Dauvissat in Chablis to Vincent Dancer in Chassagne-Montrachet this collection varies in appellations, but stylistically each producer is after shimmering clarity in their wines. 

    2004 had been a cool and cloudy vintage throughout the start of the growing season, but in mid July temperatures warmed with August and early September delivering dry and sunny weather. Chardonnay benefitted really well from the conditions that proved to be extremely challenging for Pinot Noir. The whites here have been crisp and mineral-driven from the start. Angular qualities to the wines have dissipated each year and at this point everything has fallen into place perfectly. A vintage that classicists have praised from the start and with time our fondness has only grown.

    2007 was a rare case where Chardonnay flowered after Pinot Noir. Like 2004, this was a vintage where whites strived. August winds were a welcomed assist after very damp conditions in June and July. Growers who pushed harvest dates back were rewarded, as sugars needed more time to accumulate, and unlike Pinot Noir rot was not a threat for whites. Harvest took place for Chardonnay throughout cool, dry September days. A vintage that emphasizes purity of fruit, with clarity and site-specificity really pronounced. At 10 years of age this list is full of wines that are now showing their full spectrum of potential, with many years left for the cellar.


    2004

    2004 Chandon de Briailles Corton Le Charlemagne
    $127 per bottle.

    2004 Colin-Deléger Chevalier Montrachet
    $229 per bottle.

    2004 Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
    $421 per bottle.

    2004 Dauvissat, Vincent Chablis
    $78 per bottle.

    2004 Etienne Sauzet Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes
    $149 per bottle.

    2004 Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres 1.5L
    $499 per bottle.

    2004 Matrot Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
    $97 per bottle.

    2004 Pierre Morey Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
    $148 per bottle.

    2004 Pierre Yves Colin-Morey Chevalier Montrachet
    $669

    2004 Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux
    $249 per bottle.

    2004 Roulot Meursault Les Meix Chavaux
    $257 per bottle.

    2004 Roulot Meursault Les Tillets
    $271 per bottle.

    2004 Vincent Dancer Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Tête du Clos
    $149 per bottle.

    2004 Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Les Preuses
    $269 per bottle.

    2004 Vogüé Bourgogne Blanc
    $399 per bottle.

    2007

    2007 Coche-Dury Bourgogne Blanc
    $279 per bottle.

    2007 Hubert Lamy Saint Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly
    $99 per bottle

    2007 Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes 1.5L
    $499 per bottle.

    2007 Pierre Yves Colin-Morey Chevalier Montrachet
    $699 per bottle.

    2007 Pierre Yves Colin-Morey Corton Charlemagne 1.5L
    $674 per bottle.

    2007 Pierre Yves Colin-Morey Meursault 1er Cru Goutte d'Or
    $159 per bottle.

    2007 Ramonet Bâtard-Montrachet
    $388 per bottle.

    2007 Simon Bize Savigny les Beaune Blanc 1er Cru Aux Vergelesses
    $86 per bottle.

    2007 Vincent Dancer Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
    $229 per bottle.
    Posted by Max Kogod