Monday, June 01, 2015

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Clos de la Mouchère" 2010, Henri Boillot

Fifth wine in a flight of six white Burgundies tasted blind in Burgoblog HQ, Puligny. The Henri Boillot domaine has 15 hectares of vines balanced between pinot and chardonnay -- a rare portfolio. The whites are made with indigenous yeasts, there is no destalking and the wines are fermented and aged in 350 litre barrels not the traditional 228 litre barrels. Instead of bâtonnage he leaves the wines on the lees. (Not sure what F Bertheau would think about that!) A pale yellow colour indicates a relatively young wine but there is no green tint so it has some evolution. Initially there is quartz, icing sugar -- mineral and barrel elements. Not surprising given this wine has up to 85% new oak. Definite pierre à fusil (flint stone), chalk, apple, pear. Its very fresh. Jenson Buttonhurst nailed it with "key lime pie" (a phrase rarely spoken in Puligny). Medium+ acidity, lemon, fresh, mineral finish. Still has at least another 3 years to evolve. The oak is very well integrated possibly due to the larger barrel size. It's a classic Puligny but the blind tasters struggled to identify it. Natch! Scores 24/30 for a Puligny 1er Cru.

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