After two less than convincing bottles, this one is positively singing. Classic Pucelles profile, with the typical silkiness of the vineyard, relaxed and flowing, displays the ripe fruit of the vintage and a hint of rusticity in the oak on the finish. At peak.
Xavier's notes below capture what I was able to finesse out of a single bottle of this. The precision isn't quite there, but it's lush, well-made, and balanced. Tension between a flinty/salty quality and stone fruit on the nose, with baked peach, brown butter, and dark honey mid-palate and a green fruit skin finish tying it up nicely. A bit short. Good puligny. Interesting. Not at the almost grand cru level as I've experienced with other vintages, but very good wine nonetheless.
Paired with foie gras mousse and assorted cheeses.
EDIT: As this opens up, a definite saline/crustacean quality emerges on the finish. I can only describe it as the smell you get from very fresh head-on prawns. I'm not sure I could distinguish this from top-quality grand cru les clos chablis.
Needs a little time to open up. Clearly a complete and solid Pucelles of very good intensity, with ripe fruit and well-integrated (if slightly rustic) oak, but slightly woolly and without the finesse, precision and excitement that other vintages of this wine have shown. Initially there is a rough edge to the slighty uneven finish, but this disappears with some aeration.
Not as keen on this as on the previous two occasions. Colour seems a bit deep, the nose is not very communicative and the palate comes across as firm but rather monolithic and quite oaky. A solid Puligny, but lacks the excitement that this wine is capable of. Probably a less than perfect bottle.
Pours a gorgeous liquid gold color. Smells of freshly cut cipollini onions then turmeric. As it opens, more and deeper curry notes, then lilacs and white flowers, honeysuckle. Gains weight with air. Really gorgeous wine with an expansive nose that delivers on the promise on the palate. Long finish.
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(Paul Pernot Puligny-Montachet 1er Cru "Pucelles") Floral and mineral nose leads to a painfully intense and concentrated palate. Long and spicey. Lovely sap that gets to every nook and cranny of the palate. Inner mouth energy is great. A six star wine in my humble book. ;)
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