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The premier cru of La Truffière is located high on the hill above Puligny, below the Hameau de Blagny and above the premier cru of Les Folatières. The vineyard is split up by forest, which surely provides the origin of the name “truffle patch.” Just imagine the good fortune you would feel as you whistled your way home on a Saturday morning with a small basket full of freshly dug truffles, a late-morning truffled omelet and a glass of properly aged Puligny-Montrachet on your mind. Might the truffle spores somehow mingle with the vine roots and add the slightest truffly hint to the wine? Or perhaps the wine was simply named after the forest where those with the skill to find truffles unearthed them.
In any case, this white Burgundy, from the very fine 2015 vintage, is a beautiful rendering of this storied cru. It will be a great base around which to experiment in the kitchen this fall. There is nothing quite like the golden nectar of the Côte d’Or as the first nip of the season begins to be felt. This bottle is open enough to be enjoyed immediately, and includes complex stone fruit aromas, flesh, depth, and the classic chiseled back end you’d expect from well-made Puligny-Montrachet. I hope you enjoy sinking your teeth into this beauty over the coming months (and years).
|Vineyard:||42 years, .5 ha|
|Aging:||Raised in barrel for 18 months before bottling|
When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:
1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.
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