2019 Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Choupette
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
Classic Puligny, fine, with old-vine concentration, stony bright, with a fresh tonic acidity which makes the finish all the longer and juicier. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026 L&S (Oct 2020)
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The 2019 Puligny-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes offers quite forward tropical-tinged fruit, tinned pineapple, hints of lychee and grapefruit, later hints of pressed flowers. The palate is a little oaky on the entry and that masks the fruit somewhat, though 12-24 months in bottle should at least see some of that assimilated. It just misses a little tension on the finish, but otherwise it represents a decent Puligny-Montrachet. Drinking range: 2022 - 2027 Rating: 89 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)
Domaine de la Choupette
The Gutrin brothers' domaine was created when the twins joined forces in 1992 - it's based in the middle of Santenay, with Jean-Christophe in charge of the vines and Philippe in the winery. Perrine Gutrin runs the 'front of house'. They have vineyards in Puligny (three hectares), Chassagne (half a hectare) Maranges (one hectare) and Santenay (seven and a half hectares). The vineyards are worked traditionally with ploughing rather than chemicals for weed control and to encourage the roots to go deeper. Yields are initially controlled at the pruning and with de-budding, and finally a greeen harvest as necessary. Whites are classically made with élevage in barrel for a year with up to half new wood. The reds are de-stemmed and macerated cold for a week before the three week fermentation at around 28C, then the temperature is allowed to rise to around 33C to stabilise colour and tannins. This gentle vinification is aimed at making fruit-forward wines, which are then aged in barrel for twelve to eighteen months using a mix of new and up to three-year-old barrels.
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