Domaine Pernot-Belicard Meursault "Vieilles Vignes" 2017 - 750ml

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89pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

From vines averaging 45 years of age, the 2017 Puligny-Montrachet Village displays an expressive bouquet of ripe citrus fruits, apple blossom and blanched almonds, followed by a medium to full-bodied, satiny and succulent palate that's pure, elegant and fleshy in profile. This will drink well on release. 

 

This small six-hectare domaine located in the heart of Puligny-Montrachet is making rapid strides. Philippe Pernot (a scion of the Paul Pernot dynasty) launched the Pernot Belicard label in 2009, gradually selling less and less to the négociants. In the vineyards, he cultivates the soils, de-buds aggressively and takes pains to retain his old vines in good health. The grapes are harvested by hand, with Philippe typically among the earlier pickers in the village. Since 2014, there's more sorting, the grapes passing over a shaker table before being whole cluster pressed. Initially, the wines were bottled to make room for the new vintage, but Philippe, evidently an enquiring mind, felt that something was missing: now, the wines stay in barrel until August, but spend an additional three to six months in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with the fine lees. The result, he contends (and I concur), are wines that are more integrated and complete. These are already very good wines, and Philippe possesses some enviable parcels, but it is his desire to refine and improve that marks this out as an estate to watch. William Kelley

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