Château de Puligny was a slumbering force until it was finally awoken by the arrival of Etienne de Montille in time to oversee the 2001 vintage. Under Etienne, yields have been drastically reduced and the wines are handled much more sympathetically in the cellar so that the quality of the fruit dominates the oak.
In 2012 Étienne and investors purchased the property and have radically reformed the estate, dropping unsuitable vineyards, converting to organic (and indeed biodynamic) farming, and further improving the winemaking.
Etienne also makes the wines at his family's domaine in Volnay, where a lighter touch is also in evidence in recent vintages. Puligny needs more Premiership performers, and Château de Puligny has already established its credentials as an elite respresentative.
Working organically and biodynamically, Etienne de Montille’s meticulous attention to detail manifests itself in this pristine, focused wine. It offers a subtle nose of gunflint and white flowers, while the palate displays the breadth of Meursault with the clean, mineral edge of Puligny. This is a wine of great complexity and concentration, and one which would immediately enhance even the grandest of Christmas tables.
There is a rich nose to this, with full, fresh and lively yellow fruit and a greengage note. Very complete across the palate, with consistent weight and lots of crunch behind.
Jasper Morris, MW - Wine Buyer
There have been some changes in vinification this year, making the wines a little more Jean-Marc Roulot in style: the grapes are now crushed before pressing, there is less settling of the juice, very little new wood is used and the wines are racked into tank after a year but still kept on their lees. The grapes were picked during the last week in September. Overall, this is an excellent result for the team at Château de Puligny.