2016 Joseph Drouhin
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
Relatively rich middle here, slick ripe and well textured without being amazingly defined. Fruit is firm pear and some nice white fleshy peach. This is smart and proper and on par for good village Puligny. (Harvested September 22 -27. From 8 plots.) L&S (Nov 2017)
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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. Rating: 92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Feb 2018)
Touch of spice and cedary citrus, light oatmeal. More mineral and fresher than the Pouilly-Vinzelles just tasted. Firmer and more dense though not particularly long. Elegant and delicate aftertaste. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 Rating: 16 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Feb 2018)
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. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 Rating: 88 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Dec 2017)
Despite the size of their vineyard holding, not all Drouhin's wines come from their own domaine, but most of the other wines do come from long-term contracts, such as exists with the Marquis de Laguiche wines. In all but name these wines are 'Domaine' wines, and the vineyards are cared for and the wines vinified with exactly the same care.
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