A step apart from Jean-Philippe’s Meursaults in style, this is evocative of classical Puligny with its saline texture and linear precision. Intense but refined, and with noticeable restraint in its white floral character and vibrant freshness.
A deft touch of wood sets off aromas that include pear, apple, matchstick and a whiff of wood toast. The medium weight flavors aren't quite as concentrated or mineral-driven though they do possess fine intensity that carries over to the lemony and slightly dry finish. This will also need at least some patience as the backend is presently fairly rigid though my sense is that this will ultimately reward waiting. Drink: 2024+
Big boned and rich. Hint of oak. Ambitious but at the moment less fun than some other, cheaper wines from this (négociant) address. Drink 2020-2026
This has got to be the most well organised cellar in the Côte de Beaune. Jean-Philippe’s attention to detail in his winery is a good indication of his handling of fruit, and goes some way to explaining the precise and distinct characteristics found in his wines each possessing their own unique timbre. These wines are made with great care and patience, and all enjoy 12 months in barrel (he tends to use larger 600 litre demi-muids rather than the traditional 228 litre pièces) followed by a further 6 months on fine lees in tank. His painstaking attention to detail is demonstrated in his wines, which are pure and seamless. Though most of his wines are only village lieux dits, they could easily be mistaken for premiers crus.
Puligny Montrachet is known as the most delicate of the white wine appellations south of Beaune.Its wines tend to be linear and mineral offering delicate floral and orchard fruit aromatics. Its village and premier cru vineyard area total slightly over 200 hectares but almost half of them are premier cru making them one of the highest proportions of quality vineyards in the Côte de Beaune. Several grand cru vineyards are present, the most notable being Le Montrachet and Bâtard Montrachetwhich it shares with neighbouring Chassagne, but it does have the extraordinary Chevalier Montrachet and the tiny Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet all to itself. There are a handful of red wines grown, but they tend to be quite light and need to be drunk in their youth.