I really like the stylistic variations of the three different cuvées of the 2016 Puligny AC that will eventually make up the final blend here, as each brings a different element to the compilation. The first tank is tight, long and very soil-driven, with lovely acids and impressive backend energy. The second cuvée is more expressive aromatically than the first, with loads of youthful yellow fruit tones to augment the apple and pear tones and tremendous depth at the core. The third part of the blend is the most powerful of the three, with fine shoulders and impressive cut and grip on the long finish. An approximation of the final blend shows lovely, ripe fruit tones, a fine base of chalky soil tones, spring flowers and just a bit of new oak. On the palate the blend is full, primary and rock solid at the core, with fine cut and grip and backend mineral signature. The wine should ultimately land in the 90-91+ range.
A strikingly fresh and pretty nose combines notes of citrus, apple and acacia blossom. The rich, round and generously proportioned medium weight flavors possess a seductive mouth feel and subtle minerality before concluding in a sappy, focused and moderately firm finale. A quality Puligny villages. *Outstanding, Top Value*
Jacques Carillon’s Puligny villages is shaping up nicely this year, with an expressive bouquet of citrus zest, white peach and nectarine. The wine is medium-full, moderately concentrated and elegant, with a glossy, open-knit personality. This was cropped at 50hl/ha - one wonders what it would have been like at 35hl/ha. Drinking Window 2018 - 2025. (WK)
The 2016 Puligny Montrachet Village was tasted from three cuvées. The first has a taut, green apple and chalk dust-scented bouquet with moderate intensity. The palate is a little bitter on the entry, with fine weight in the mouth, although I would be seeking more tension and mineralité on the finish. The second? There are more minerals here in situ. It is simpler on the palate, though, with a slightly "fluffy" finish. The third was the best of the three with the most finesse on the nose and certainly the most tensile on the finish. Together they would appear to have similar quality to the 2015, and this is reflected in my score. (NM)
Pale, bright yellow. Fruit-driven aromas and flavors of peach, apple and pear. Fine-grained, stylish village wine with decent fat and subtle sweetness. A bit soft but nicely balanced. (ST)
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