PULIGNY MONTRACHET

2017 1er Cru Clos du Cailleret Domaine des Lambrays

EN PRIMEUR

Harvested 1st September. Compared to the Folatières this has a crisper edge, more tightly wound limey fruit here. It is still very pretty and poised - but this has some intent too and powerful freshness. All well checked and balanced with good, measured fruit. Crisp but some good weight which means it flows well with good juice. A real delight in fact. Drinking range: 2022 - 2027L&S(Nov 2018)

In Bond

75cl bottles (case of 6)

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(from a parcel measuring .37 ha that was planted in 1947; also aged in 50% new wood). Much more subdued though hardly invisible wood influence surrounds the pear, apple, rose petal, spice and matchstick-suffused nose. The finer and more focused medium-bodied flavors possess a lovely minerality that adds a bit of lift to the clean, sour-sweet and lingering finale that is better balanced as well. This is relatively forward in terms of the terroir though it should reward at least a few years of cellaring. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 91-91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jun 2019)

The 2017 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos du Cailleret is excellent, unwinding in the glass with a classy bouquet of beeswax, crisp orchard fruit, pastry cream, citrus oil and white flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with a fleshier, broader-shouldered profile than the Caillerets, though it's just as pure and incisive, concluding with a long, focused finish. Rating: 92-94 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Jan 2019)

The 2017 Puligny-Montrachet Clos du Cailleret 1er Cru was picked September 1 and matured in 50% new oak. It has a delightful, complex bouquet with scents of lime flower, crushed stone and light white peach aromas neatly enmeshed with the oak. The precise palate is beautifully balanced, with a fine thread of acidity and an expressive, mineral-driven finish. This is certainly the better of the two Pulignys from Domaine des Lambrays. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 93 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Jan 2019)

The 'Clos' consists of 8.66 hectares of land enclosed by a wall in which there is the original milestone marking its founding in 1365, confirmed in the records of the Abbaye de Citeaux (those monks knew where to place a vineyard). The Clos owes much of its current fame to the nineteenth and twentieth century proprietors who reconstituted it after the fragmentation of ownership which followed the French revolution. Despite always having been considered a Grand Cru site, the Clos was in fact classified Premier Cru in the original 1936 appellations contrôlées.

The Rodier family which owned it from the 1930s fought to regain its Grand cru status, with eventual success only in 1981, when it became the last of the thirty-three Grands Crus of Burgundy, although by then it had passed to the Saier family. Recently under the benign ownership of the Günther Freund and his family, who gave a very free hand to régisseur Thierry Brouin, who had been employed by their predecessor Rolland Pelletier de Chambure, the quality of the wines here has pushed up again. In 2014 it was bought by the LVMH group.

Boris Champy has now taken over from Thierry Brouin as régisseur, and the team continues to do a magnificent job at this monopole Grand Cru vineyard which is very well-placed next to Clos de Tart at the top of the village of Morey-Saint-Denis. The wines are opulent and rich yet still well-defined and freshly fragrant, and there's a tiny volume of top-notch Puligny too.

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