2022 1er Cru Les Chalumaux Domaine de la Choupette

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Puligny Montrachet
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Les Chalumaux

Les Chalumaux is up high on the Cote - on the border with Meursault. Wonderful energy again - a light feel - less intense than the Sous Les Puits - but still good fresh drive and crackling citrus zip - which grows. Palate feel is tighter and more linear. Limestone and altitude really making themselves known. What a great year this is for showing the terroir. L&S (Oct 2023)

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Less obviously oaky than the Puligny Vieilles Vignes though the oak is still showing on the nose. Richer, fuller in the mouth. Generous, spicy and more oaky on the finish. Real depth here but no lack of freshness. QGV (JH) 13% Drinking range: 2026 - 2032 Rating: 17 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2024)

The 2022 Puligny-Montrachet Les Chalumaux 1er Cru has a lovely bouquet, subdued at first, but it only takes a few swirls of the glass to release attractive white peach and Granny Smith scents, as well as a touch of struck match. The palate is well balanced, with a slightly oily-textured entry, a fine bead of acidity and quite a complex finish that lingers in the mouth. This is worth seeking out. Tasted at merchants' 2022 Burgundy tastings in London. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2024)

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) - eight hectares of red and four of white in all. 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 green harvest as necessary. The domaine is certified HVE 3 ('High Environmental Value') from the 2022 harvest.

Whites are classically made with élevage in barrel for a year with up to half new wood. They are playing with the specification of the barrels, looking for a 'discreet toast'.

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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