2004ChapellePM2004 Paul Chapelle & Filles, Puligny-Montrachet “Champgain” Premier Cru White Burgundy, France.
Importer Beaune Imports, brought in a few cases of this wonderful mature White Burgundy from Paul Chapelle and it was a treat to try it again, as I had sampled this gem back in 2007, and it is at it’s very best now. Chapelle is one of the best secrets in fine White Burgundy and the prices are amazingly reasonable, especially for the quality on offer, like this lovely Premier Cru Champgain Puligny that sells for about half the price of others in it’s class. This winery is a restaurant favorite with those in the know as they are fantastic food wines and again provide great value for the money even at restaurant mark ups, but I highly suggest that you search these wines out and give them a try. The 2004 Chapelle Puligny-Montrachet Champgain Premier Cru starts with a developed bouquet of toast, creme brulee and baked apple with hazelnuts which leads to that mature palate that features pear, lemon tart and poached peach while nutty essences, lemon, mineral tones and brioche add to the mix with round texture showing the age of this wine slightly and the soft fading acidity makes it clear this Chardonnay is best consumed with the year or two. This is a joyful and very pleasing wine that sing a pretty song in the glass and does everything it should with grace, I was grateful to have been able to get a second chance on this wine and look forward to the upcoming releases as well.
($50 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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