Albert Joly – 2017


Tasted in Puligny with Sylvie Prevot-Joly, 03 October, 2018.

Domaine Albert Joly
Rue des Creux de Chagny
21190 Puligny-Montrachet
Tel: +33 3 80 21 30 29

​On the 2018 vintage:
2018, for us, was a big surprise. We started harvesting 02 September, seemingly late compared to some – we had decided to wait for the rain which had been forecast – but it didn’t come! With the very first press there was more juice than we had anticipated – all the talk had been about thick skins and the need to press strongly to have a good amount of juice – it wasn’t like that. We had close to 13 degrees, and whilst the balance was not bad, for one or two cuvées I chose to add a little acid. It seems a good vintage.

​On the 2017 vintage:
2017 also good vintage, we started harvesting 05 September – we like to wait! The wines have a very nice balance, plus a good harvest volume, though less than in 2018. We still can’t work out why we bad so much in 2018!“​

The wines…

No aligoté was retained this year.

A good range of 2017s, that are very drinkable and well priced.

2017 Bourgogne Chardonnay Côte d’Or
All from the commune of Puligny – from just across the road from the domaine – 60 year-old vines.
A nice volume and width of aroma, golden fruit here. A little prickle of gas, widening, fine texture. There’s impressive concentration in the mid and finishing flavours – holds very well too. Excellent for the label.

2017 Puligny-Montrachet Les Tremblots
At the the limit of Puligny with Chassagne.
Lots of gas, slowly fading, growing in balance and interest – this has a little minerality and a fine, open personality. Finishing strongly with minerals – very long.​

2017 Puligny-Montrachet Les Charmes
This time at the limit of Puligny with Meursault.
Here is a little spice, and a little more width of aroma. Hmm, more depth and layers of flavour too – it’s the delivery that is quite different – there’s still a touch of gas but it’s less intrusive with this wine, delicious and a flavour that melts over the palate. Excellent!


2016 Bourgogne Chardonnay
A bright and open nose of fresh, ripe fruit almost a little floral and touching on nougat too. Volume a bright core, good texture, slowly relaxing over the palate. The wine doesn’t seem seemless today, but there is much to like here, a very tasty finish too.​

2016 Puligny-Montrachet Les Tremblots
A more modest, clearly more flinty/mineral nose, very slowly opening with sweeter fruits too. Wide, mineral, stylish on the palate. There is energy here and a flinty personality that I would suggest waiting another year or two or taking a carafe, but it’s still very drinkable. The finish is persistent and very good – very, very good!

2016 Puligny-Montrachet Les Charmes
Subtly spiced, modestly proportion nose – but it’s an invitation to drink all the same. Hmm, this is steelier than is often the case, but the cushion to the texture and the flavour that melts over the palate are both contemplative and finely balanced. Always my favourite but this is closer in style to its sibling than in most vintages, super wine.

2015 Puligny-Montrachet Vieilles-Vignes
Not made every year, a blend of some Tremblots and Grands Houlières, maybe there will be one in 17, it’s not yet sure
A different aromatic register, there is a little floral action, but below there’s a golden-tinged impression to the fruit. Considered, fine textured and of good line, this is actually still a
little tight in the core – but the shape and texture are excellent. It’s never going to be super-energetic, but it’s a fine glass.

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