2016 Puligny-Montrachet

Domaine Paul Pernot et ses Fils

When speaking of Puligny-Montrachet and its fabled domaines, Domaine Paul Pernot et ses Fils is on the short list of superstars.  The domaine is now mainly run by his sons Paul and Michel, representing the fifth generation of the family working the vines, as well as grandson, Philippe (6th generation), who is part of the team.

2016 was another challenging vintage for the farmers, as many locales in the Côtes de Beaune were hit by devastating spring frost.  Pernot refelected positively that among his holdings, “In many of our parcels of Puligny, the vines were largely untouched.” He considers the quality of the 2016 vintage to be similar to 2015, with elegance.

For his 2016 Puligny-Montrachet, the aromas show fine ripe pears with herbal and smoky undertones.  The palate entry is soft and agreeable with the flavors and textures fanning out through a lengthy finish marked by a saline mineral note.  It’s accessible now, so it can be consumed from 2018-2030. 

2015 Fixin

Domaine Bart

Pierre Bart represents the 6th generation making wine at Domaine Bart.  He began in 2009, assisting his uncle Martin, who took over in 1988.  The domaine consists of 22 hectares, mainly focused in Marsannay.  The Barts also have vines in Fixin, just north of Gevery-Chambertin.

2015 Red Burgundy is taking on legendary status as more and more of us taste the young, impressive wines.  Bart commented that, “2015 gave us the cleanest harvest I have ever seen.”  Regarding the wines, he added, “they're concentrated and serious and should age for years yet the velvety textures should allow them to drink well young too.”

 Domaine Bart’s 2015 Fixin is showing aromas of earthy minerals, forest floor, and dark berries.  The palate is old school, with the earthy character, and a rustic array of herbs and spices hovering in the background.  We figure a few years in bottle will optimize the experience, so we recommend drinking this from 2022-2030.

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