Paul Garaudet, Puligny-Montrachet

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Paul Garaudet, Puligny-Montrachet

Despite Hail & Rail, A Remarkable Puligny!
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Remarkable!

The odds were against the vintage. Yields were down and frost was up in 2016, but that didn't stop Burgundy from producing another critically acclaimed vintage - especially for whites.

The fruit that remained on the vines pushed up the quality and concentrated the vigor, with more energy going to fewer grape clusters. Literally, a perfect storm of scenarios.

Despite the inclement weather, one Puligny producer stood out yet again among its peers in 2016. Paul Garaudet, one of our favorite Puligny-Montrachet producers, has done it again!

This wine is a beautifully textured and layered. Stylistically, it is unfiltered, which preserves the finer aromas and imparts lovely texture.

Only a few of you will get to enjoy this wine!

With yields down, a mere 75 cases were imported. We took all that we could, which is not a lot.

A mineral driven core anchors ripe pear and apple. Exotic citrus with a faint hint of vanilla showcases the opulent layers. Lemon notes give the wine its sleek and delineated structure in a medium weight. Nicely balanced, there is a flash of minerality on the back-end that shows the impeccably balanced finish.

2016 Vintage Recap:

• "an outstanding pair of back-to-back vintages." Antonio Galloni
• "2016 is a seriously delicious vintage." Jancis Robinson
• "yields of Chardonnay were low...but quality was high" Wine Spectator

Enjoy now and over the next 7 years. By the way, we recommend serving it on the warmer side of cold to enhance the wine's already impeccable fruit and acidity.

$68.95 per bottle / $827.40 per case

Summary


THE MERCHANT'S MARK

96 / 100

From a remarkable vintage that withstood hail and frost, yields may have been down, but the quality is fantastic. The 2016 Garaudet Puligny-Montrachet has a mineral driven core that anchors ripe pear and apple. Exotic citrus with a faint hint of vanilla gives this Chardonnay opulent layers. Lemon notes give the wine its sleek and delineated structure in a medium weight. Nicely balanced, there is a flash of minerality on the back-end that shows the impeccably balanced finish. Unfiltered, it is simply delicious!


Product Details


Producer: Paul Garaudet

Country: France

Region: Burgundy

Sub Region: Puligny-Montrachet

Varietal: Chardonnay

Vintage: 2016

Size: 750ml

Code: W4995-1