Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru `La Garenne`

Côte de Beaune

Awards

  • Gold - International Wine Challenge 2012

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset was radically transformed with the arrival in 2002 of viniculteur Grégory...

Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.

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Vineyards

Puligny-Montrachet's vineyards are almost entirely devoted to Chardonnay. 95 hectares are classified as Premier Cru. The Premier Cru La Garenne lies at the top of the slope of Puligny-Montrachet, where soils are high in limestone and lower in fertility, meaning excellent concentration and wines with a fine, fresh, mineral feel.

Vintage Information

2007 was marked by varied weather conditions with a mild winter and warm spring which provoked a very early start of the vegetative cycle. The summer was cold and rainy, encouraging the formation of some pockets of rot requiring careful attention to the vine health. Fortunately, sunny weather during the first fortnight in September allowed the grapes to sufficiently ripen in order to produce wines with a strong mineral structure.

Vinification

The grapes were handpicked and sorted first in the vineyard and then on the sorting table at the winery. The whole bunches were pressed gently for 2½ hours. The must was brought down to 12°C then was immediately transferred to barrels, with no settling to preserve a maximum of lees. Long fermentation (nearly 10 months) using natural yeasts. The wine was then aged for 20 months on the lees with no racking. A proportion of 30% new French oak barrels that had been toasted at low temperatures for a long time to impart a subtle, delicate touch of oak were used. The wine was not fined, very gently filtered then bottled using gravity in May 2009.

Tasting Notes

Brilliant gold in colour. It has fine aromas of citrus and white flowers, with beautiful minerality and freshness on the palate. The acidity is in balance with a full, intense core of citrus and honey flavours as well as a long finish of vanilla, tangerine and spice.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2007
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 6.84g/l
Residual Sugar 2.1g/l
Wine pH 3.29