The chalk soil of this premier cru vineyard gives this wine tight minerality and taut texture. Beneath this, the spicy flavors, rich white fruits and acidity will allow the wine to age many years. Drink from 2023.
(these very old vines produced just under 30 hectoliters per hectare in 2016): Pale yellow. Pure but reticent nose hints at white peach, menthol, mint and pungent fresh herbs. A step up in power and grip from the Combettes but not quite as expansive as that wine, at least in the early going. Finishes savory, dry and long, with excellent structure and grip. (ST)
Pungent notes of reduction mask everything except background hints of grapefruit. More positive is the sleeker if less generous middle weight flavors that possess even more minerality before terminating in a focused, intense and beautifully long finish. This is built-to-age and is going to need at least a few years first. This too is worth checking out.
The 2016 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Garenne had a very feisty bouquet, much more expressive than its peers, with scents of grilled walnut and smoke. It seems to calm down with aeration but it certainly has a lot of vigor. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, harmonious and with just a slightly honeyed texture. I appreciate the complexity on the finish here and this Clos de la Garenne shows more terroir expression that its peers from Jadot. Worth checking out. (NM)
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