White Burg Double-Dip
Personally, I'm a huge fan of older White Burgundy, but I'm also a wine drinker with out the older White Burgundy budget. Luckily enough, I get great opportunities to taste from time to time, and I've recently been fortunate enough to taste a certain wine twice.
That wine is Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet 2013
A bit more about Domaine Bachelet-Monnot:
The domaine was formed in 2005 by brothers Marc and Alex Bachelet. Their family has a long-standing history in the Montrachet department, and upon release of their first vintage, the world stood up and took notice. Rarely do such young domaines command such attention. The entire domain is sourced from about 50 acres of vines and makes both white and red wines from these family-owned and long-term leased vineyard areas. Drawing on their long family history of winemaking and the region as well as the brothers's own prominent wine education, they embark on producing around 8,300 cases-- equal parts red and white-- annually from their center of operations at the family homestead in Dezize-lès-Maranges southwest of Santenay. They farm in the traditional manner, using no herbicide and tilling rows frequently to encourage the roots to grow deep instead of wide. They consistently use 25% new barrels and age for twelve months before racking into tank (whites) or cement vats (reds). The wine then ages for another 6-8 months on lees before bottling. This particular wine, the Puligny-Montrachet, is sourced from four old-vine parcels: Les Corvees, Les Meix, Les Houillières, and Noyer Bret.
Color: Rich, glossy, light haystraw with a greenish tinge
Nose/Palate: Lemon custard, oxidized golden apple. Honeysuckle, chalk dust, sweet cream, spring Gardenia linger. Finish is mild and subtle.
This is the second such bottle I've had from this producer within a few months, but there is noticeable and marginal bottle variation that might come into play down the road. This particular bottle showed a bit more tender acidity that was rendering faster, leaving it more susceptible to premature oxidation, setting this particular bottle's peak at 7-9 years. It may be the one off bottle, but I distinctly remember a very linear, precise, and lively minerality and acidity from the previous bottle I've had. That isn't to say that this bottle may have been transformed in some other manner during transport. I am sure of the quality of this producer, but that's the luck of the draw when it comes to wine-- you never know what that particular bottle's history might be. Delicious as it was, I knew that it could have offered so much more. I encourage you to seek out this producer if you're looking to delve into white Burgundy, and don't be afraid of the one-off bottle. Every moment is a learning opportunity!