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Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru `Les Folatières`

Côte de Beaune, Burgundy

David Moret

David Moret makes top quality white Burgundy from his small cellar in Beaune...

David studied winemaking at school, but didn’t have a family domaine to work in when he graduated, so he began his career in wine by selling winery equipment to local vignerons. His personable character ensured success in this endeavour, as well as friendships with some of the top growers of the Côte de Beaune. He purchased his first barrels in the late 1990s, and since then, he has continued to buy small parcels of grapes from the top growers to press and ferment in his cellar, always from the same plots of vines, since he knows the ones he wants.

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Vineyards

Puligny-Montrachet is devoted almost exclusively to the production of Chardonnay. Soils here are generally extremely thin with good levels of limestone, producing wines that are round, elegant and appealing. At 16 hectares, ‘Les Folatières‘ is the largest 1er Cru in Puligny and shares a similar altitude and soil composition as Grand Cru Chevalier Montrachet.

Vintage information

The Côte de Beaune was severely affected by the hail storms and wet weather that characterised the late spring and early summer of 2012. With poor flowering conditions, there was low fruit set and a resulting grape shortage. Nevertheless, great care of the grapes that did grow throughout the summer, ensured their excellent quality, with whites showing wonderful acidity and ripe fruit flavours at harvest time.

Vinification

Grapes were brought straight to the winery and were pressed immediately, to preserve the precious Chardonnay aromas and flavours. Using natural yeasts, the wine went through alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. The wine was then aged for 12 months in oak, of which 40% was new, before being bottled and resting in cellars for several months.

Tasting Notes

This is a superb Premier Cru. Supremely fine and elegant with wonderful minerality and fruit levels. The palate is creamy, with lovely acidity and great fruit intensity and the finish is long and persistent.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker David Moret
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.35g/l
Residual Sugar 1.5g/l
Wine pH 3.47