Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru `La Garenne`

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

Puligny-Montrachet's vineyards are almost entirely devoted to the production of Chardonnay. 95 hectares are classified as Premier Cru. The Premier Cru La Garenne lies at the top of the slope of Puligny-Montrachet, where the soils are high in limestone and lower in fertility, meaning excellent concentration, and wines with a fresh, fine feel and excellent minerality.

Vintage Information

2009 was an exceptional year, with excellent, ripe grapes and generous yields at the same time, making the vignerons very happy! Very little sorting was necessary at the winery. The red wines are very concentrated and very ripe with low acidity and good colour which means they will be drinkable in their youth. The Chardonnays are rich with moderate acidity, also drinkable when young. Harvest date for this small parcel of Premier Cru was 23rd September 2009.

Vinification

The grapes were handpicked and sorted first in the vineyard and then on the sorting table at the winery. The whole bunches were pressed gently for 2½ hours. The must was brought down to 12°C then was immediately transferred to barrels, with no settling to preserve a maximum of lees. Long fermentation (nearly 10 months!) using natural yeasts. The wine was then aged for 20 months on the lees with no racking, in 100% new French oak (only one barrel was made).

Tasting Notes

La Garenne 2009 is brilliant gold in colour. It has fine aromas of citrus and white flowers, with beautiful minerality and freshness on the palate. The acidity is in balance with a full, intense core of citrus and honey flavours as well as a long finish of vanilla, tangerine and spice.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2009
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.4g/l
Residual Sugar 0.9g/l
Wine pH 3.47