Domaine Paul Pernot, Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy, France, 2022
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Overview of the Wine
Paul Pernot has run the domaine since 1955 and now his three sons are assisting him. They own 19 hectares of fantastic vineyards in the Cote de Beaune, but sell a vast majority of it to negociants, including Drouhin. The 20% or so that they bottle themselves are pure, elegant and delicious representations of their best parcels. While most wines see some new oak and they only use barrels for three years, he bottles early in order to preserve freshness and avoid any noticeable oakiness.
The top wines, which always make a great comparison, are the Grand Crus Batard-Montrachet and Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet. Two Chassagne parcels and one Puligny parcel (.61 ha total) with vine ages of 10-30 years go into the Batard. The Bienvenues comes from two parcels (.37 ha total) with 10 and 40 year old vines, respectively. As great as both wines have been over the years, they only get more distinct and complex as the vines age. Pernot also owns great plots in some of the Puligny Premiers Crus, including Pucelles (.28 ha of 35 year old vines), Folatieres (45 year old vines) and Clos de la Garenne (in Champ-Canet adjacent to Folatieres). Their Puligny villages is also excellent and comes from 4 different parcels with vines as old as 50 years. It is vinified in steel but aged oak. The Bougogne Blanc, which comes from vines within Puligny on the Meursault border, is also vinified in steel and is an excellent value. Both wines achieve remarkable complexity given their appellations and oak treatment.
One of the largest domaine in Puligny Montrachet started by the family but Paul extended and re planted slowly many vineyards like Clos des Folatieres despite the hard work which had to be done. He said now it will be easier with the new tractors/ machines.
The top value of the domaine: If we ask to Paul Pernot what are the important points Farming - Sustainable with a control of production by de-buding - Plowing. No herbicide - Anticipation on sickness and due treatment to have no risk. Too difficult to cure
Grape / Blend
Paul Pernot, synonymous with the finely etched Chardonnays of Puligny-Montrachet, has maintained a reputation for quality and value. While they sell a significant portion of their fruit to negociants, the wine they bottle themselves represents some of their finest parcels. The winery, now under the guidance of the third and fourth generations, continues to uphold the tradition of quality farming and meticulous winemaking, producing Chardonnays that are both expressive of their terroir and accessible.
90 Points - Jasper Morris
Pale colour, with a light green touch. The nose has a suggestion of pretty fruit, even a floral note, then the wine fattens out enormously on the palate, which will make a lovely wine approachable quite early. Will be good anyway and may become better if some more tension returns. Long finish. Drink from 2025-2028
Product size: 750mL