Domaine de Montille Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru 'Le Cailleret'

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  •   Burgundy, France
  •   Chardonnay
  •   2018

Tasting at de Montille is always an education as the opportunity to sample across the Cote d’Or, the domaine’s consistently top class reds and whites, gives an unrivalled perspective on the quality and style of the vintage, accompanied by Brian Sieve’s typically measured appraisal. Only marginally affected by the frosts of 2016 and 2017, the domaine has enjoyed fairly homogeneous yields across the last three vintages. Great fruit set and warmer evenings but not the relentless heat that affected some sites established the tone for the domaine’s wines, and as ever, Brian is strict about picking based on the acidity profile of the grapes, which has ensured balanced wines with the correct pH and alcohol levels under 13.3%. Elegance, focus and energy epitomise the domaine’s wines and they were a pleasure to taste as always.

(NB - We spent even longer at the domaine this year as Etienne and Brian had agreed to complete the élevage of the barrels of Hospice de Beaune 2019 wines we hoped to buy at the forthcoming auction for our syndicate members. As experienced tasters of the Hospice wines, they also had useful advice on preferred cuvées, which was another factor in our choices. We later bid successfully on the barrels we wanted (Pommard 1er Cru and a rather fantastic Meursault) and they will be making their way to de Montille for completion…)

This fabled site, Just north of Montrachet, was the first white vineyard the domaine bought in 1993 - from Charton, which had held it as a monopole previously. Quite reticent on the nose currently, a whiff of limestone dust, yellow and green orchard fruit, mere hints of the wine to come, but the minerality really strikes out on the palate, this is locked and loaded. Tom, Wine Guru

The 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Les Caillerets 1er Cru comes from their original purchase from 1993. It has a timid bouquet at first, demanding some encouragement from the glass, but eventually offering apple blossom and light chalky aromas. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, very malic and almost Chablis-like toward the lip-smacking saline finish. Very fine, but it will require more bottle age than the Folatière. 91-93/100, Neal Martin, Vinous

Located just to the north of Montrachet - and always written without an s at de Montille - the Cailleret parcel is planted with 65-year-old vines and has produced a delicious, vintage-defying wine in 2018. Lemon, lime and orange zest flavours are embellished by notes of aniseed, nutmeg and perfumed, well-integrated 30% new wood. 94/100, Tim Atkin MW

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  Bottle size 750
  Vintage 2018
  Country France
  Region Burgundy
  Grape Chardonnay
  Wine Type White wines

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