Sunday, 17 March 2013
I came across this producer, at an En Primeur tasting , back in 2008. Impressed with their skill, I bought a number of cases of whites for the Cellar at work. They were bought from Charles Taylor MW (master of wine), a leading authority on wines from Burgundy. What Charles doesn't know about the region, could be written on a grape.
We had my sister and brother-in law to stay, with their gorgeous son. I thought it would be a great occasion, once all the kids were in bed, to bring out a stunning wine.
Puligny-Montrachet is very much a stunning wine, a delicate, feminine wine, made from Chardonnay. The grapes are grown in limestone and clay soil. The former, imparting a coolness to the wine. Golden creamy yellow in colour, the nose is quite unusual.
My brother-in-law, Guy, got floral aromas of apple blossom initially. We both agreed that this was joined by a cider-like whiff of rotten windfall apples. The type you touch and a wasp flies out. The taste was a gentle meld of peaches, mangoes, marzipan and the ever present green apple. There are also elements of toasted vanilla pods, that come from the new oak used each year.
Then, like England's hopes in the Welsh rugby match, it was gone....
And like England's chances, there will be other years and other Chanson delights.