Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru `Champ Gain`

Côte de Beaune

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset was radically transformed with the arrival in 2002 of viniculteur Grégory...

Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.

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Vineyards

The Puligny soil is devoted almost entirely to the production of Chardonnay. There are 95 hectares of Puligny Premier Cru grapes, 10.69 hectares of which are used for 'Champ Gain'. The 'Champ Gain' is located on the upper (and therefore well-exposed) slopes, with a predominantly limestone terroir giving the wine a fine balance between minerality and opulence.

Vintage Information

2007 was marked by varied weather conditions with a mild winter and warm spring which provoked a very early start of the vegetative cycle. The summer was cold and rainy, encouraging the formation of some pockets of rot if growers did not pay enough attention to the vine health. Fortunately, sunny weather during the first fortnight in September allowed the grapes to sufficiently ripen in order to produce wines of medium ageing potential if red (to drink within two to five years), and whites with a strong mineral structure which will certainly stand up to time.

Vinification

Harvest took place on 15 September and was done by hand into small perforated boxes. Gentle pressing of whole bunches took place over a period of two and a half hours. The temperature of the must dropped to 12°C and it was then transferred directly to barrels without settling to conserve as much of the lees as possible. Very long fermentation followed for up to 10 months using indigenous yeasts. The wine was aged for 19 months in 25% new French oak barrels and was bottled in April 2009 after fining with bentonite and a very light filtration.

Tasting Notes

Bright yellow in colour. The lively citrus and stone fruit nose carries onto the palate. Fresh acidity is well-balanced by a medium to full body and concentrated mineral core. Gentle vanilla and spice of fine oak ageing linger on the finish alongside lemon and pear complexity.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2007
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 7.27g/l
Residual Sugar 1.8g/l
Wine pH 3.29