2009 Ch√Ęteau de Puligny-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet AC, White Burgundy, France.
This historic Chateau and estate has recently been taken over by Etienne de Montille, though he has long been the consultant there, and looks to re-capture it’s glories, even though it has always turned out rewarding wines like this beauty of a Chardonnay. The Puligny-Montrachet 2009 is a polished and focused white with class and depth beyond it’s price with vigorous fruit, minerallity and acidity all well balanced and driving on the palate. The nose is developed already with honeyed pear, hazelnuts, matchstick and citrus flowers that lead to a palate of lemon, apple and wet stones, hazelnut, grapefruit, golden fig and clove notes adding depth. The medium body fills out in the mouth and there is good tension, saline and length in this fine Puligny. Enjoy this wine now and for the next 3-5 years, and be sure to watch for the 2008 and the 2010 vintages as well, as they might offer a bit more intensity and pleasure.
($60 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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