Royauté. “Puligny-Montrachet is the greatest white wine commune on earth.” Thus begins the chapter on the town in Clive Coates’s seminal tome on Burgundy. The tiny appellation covers less than a single square mile, and though neighbored on either side by the legendary towns of Meursault and Chassagne, many consider Puligny the source for the world’s finest white wine.
What makes Puligny-Montrachet so special? On the ground, it’s a combination of soil content (limestone, clay, and other minerals), slope, and exposition. In the glass, it’s a white Burgundy with added structure, more tension, and a beautiful, angular elegance. As Coates puts it, “Puligny is where Burgundian Chardonnay is at its most complete.”
Elegance. We visited Vincent Boyer last month to taste at his cellar, and it was a reminder just how exceptional his wines are. Most of Boyer’s vines are in Meursault, but his wine from the small plot in Puligny-Montrachet “Reuchaux” is as elegant and vibrant as his others. The 2013 Reuchaux shows pear and lemon peel, with classic, steely Puligny minerality. This is a precise, elegant chardonnay with its subtle oak meticulously integrated.
Puligny famously ages well, and this should weather the next 5 years with grace. But it’s already fleshing out nicely, and when combined with Puligny’s signature stoniness, it’s a perfect accompaniment to a range of classic food-pairings — roast chicken, fish in beurre blanc, etc. Vincent himself counsels serving scallops with this wine. We think the match would be excellent, and we offer one of our favorite recipes as a suggestion.
BOYER-MARTENOT Puligny-Montrachet “Reuchaux” 2013
Ansonia Retail: $66
AVAILABLE IN 3- 6- AND 12- BOTTLE LOTS
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