The 2016 Pulingy-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Canet is showing very well, unfurling in the glass with notes of lemon oil, pastry cream, white flowers and crushed chalk. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, tensile and stony, with excellent depth and structure at the core, with a racier, less fleshy profile than its 2017 sibling. Again, this is showing a depth and structural integrity from bottle that I didn't fully appreciate from barrel. (WK)
Here too the natural elegance of Puligny is in evidence with ripe yet airy aromas of both white and yellow peach, pear and acacia blossom. Rich, round and plump medium-weight flavors possess an almost oily texture along with lovely intensity and drive on the lightly mineral-inflected finish. Apart from the nose, this isn't as refined as it usually is but I like the depth and persistence.
Notes of chalky soil, preserved citrus, mandarin and a hint of spice precede a full-bodied, concentrated wine with a cool core of taut fruit, a bright line of acidity, and a sapid, flavourful finish. Drinking Window 2020-2030. (WK)
Tank sample. Lots of restrained chalkiness on the nose. Refinement. Real raciness. Polished texture and pronounced definition. Neat. 16.5/20
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