Paul Pernot – 2018


Alvina, Paul & Michel Pernot, 2019Tasted 23 October, 2019 in Puligny with Alvina and Michel Pernot, of-course, pictured with a visit from the patriarch, Paul.

Domaine Pernot Paul et Ses Fils
7 Place du Monument
21190 Puligny-Montrachet
Tel: +33 3 80 21 32 35 (not yet online)

Alvina Pernot on 2018 & 2019:
We started harvesting 28 August vs 1 September in 2017. 2018 brought a lovely quantity and quality – so it’s striking! The grapes were well-formed, with a nice balance between acidity and maturity – a lot of which was down to choice of harvest date. The growing season was a little easier than in 2019 where we had a little frost, and the flowering was less easy, followed by dry and hot. The lower parcels were touched by frost on the 5th April, the vines that are usually less protected. We were helped a little by the Boillots they had protected their Clos de Mouchere by lighting candles – so that everything around was also warmer!

The wines…

All with DIAM sealed here since 2017, the reds included.

​Many delicious wines from this domaine in 2018 – don’t miss out on the reds though – they are too often forgotten!

2018 Beaune Clos de Dessus de Marconnets
All destemmed
Bright, direct red fruit of energy. Supple, concentrated, creamy fruit, long – ooh that’s really nice with a modestly bitter kick of tannin as a finishing counterpoint – lovely!

2018 Volnay Les Carelles
This is 2/3rds 1er cru as the sous carelles was also included as was easier to vinify.
A similar fruit but more width of aroma. A little more structure and openness on the palate – really lovely melting flavour. Bravo, delicious and perfumed finishing!

2018 Beaune 1er Clos Les Teurons
We never have much colour from these vines. They sit at the bottom of the slope.
Modest colour.! A vertical nose – not so wide but there’s depth and a slightly more herbed top note. A little more direct, narrower, even. Supple, nice fruit, stricter but with an impressive, creamy and long, long finish that sneaks up on you – easily the best part of this wine.

2018 Pommard Noizons
Hmm – that’s a nice nose – a little wider and darker fruit but of good precision. Wide, supple, very silky, slowly growing a very faint tannin. Delicious, perfect, elegant Pommard but with concentration too!

Les Blancs:
Like the reds, all are bottled – all finished in August, they would have liked to do some in July too, ‘But it was simply too hot outside.

2018 Bourgogne Aligoté
From the commune of Puligny, close to Route Nationale in the direction Corpeau. ‘We dont know the age of the vines as they were bought quite a time ago but they are at least 80-90 years old and always with a small yield.
Wide forward, slightly saline and fresh. Supple, almost soft, easy over the palate, tasty wine – no faults but nothing to set the heart racing either.

2018 Bourgogne Côte d’Or Chardonnay
The assembly of three parcels towards Meursault, but still in Puligny – still on the village side of the Route Nationale. One of the biggest cuvées for the domaine – 25k bottles. The vines are only a stone’s throw away from the villages Puligny.
Hmm – bright, attractive fresh nose. Hmm – there are less tasty Pulignys – this is wide, with fine melting flavour and a certain tension – lovely! Oh, and Bravo for the label!

2018 Puligny-Montrachet
This year three parcels touching on the 1er crus – there are many more parcels but all the rest were sold to Drouhin, it varies a little each year.
A slightly shy but open and fresh nose of nice definition. Extra volume in the mouth – a faint touch of oak here, but more layering of the finishing flavour – long, mouth-watering. Fine finishing. Excellent.

2018 Meursault-Blagny 1er La Piece Sous la Bois
François Frères Troncais barrels, from ‘haute gamme’ – 30% new barrels, the rest 1-3 years old. Whereas the bourgognes are all old barrels up to 8 years old.
Not a large nose again, but there’s a lovely clean line, a width, to this aroma. More floral perfume in the mouth – more structural but also more open, changing, and melting. Lovely

2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Clos de la Garenne
Always a little more power here – the clos shared with Magenta/Jadot. The larger grapes here and give about 45 hl/ha in 2017.
A little more aromatic intensity, the nose more an agrume blend than simply lime or lemon. Fuller, more depth of flavour, more mineral too. Full, faintly tannic, to keep a little longer – lots of concentration and good balance here. Waves of finishing flavour that have a mix of toast and citrus. Long. Super but wait for this one.

2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Chalumaux
Bottom of the vineyard, red soil like the previous two. Above is a more meagre soil with more silex – it’s an old cleared wood, we think it less interesting there.’ Oldest vines of the domain, planted in 1954.
A nice full nose with a little more floral emphasis. Lots of mouth-filling shape, freshness too – I like the purity of the fruit here, edged with a modest depth of texture. A super burst of finishing flavour too – ooh great!

2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Champ Canet
More direct, fresher, floral citrus impression with a little less width. More driving, more acidity, more mineral. Lots of complexity – only in the middle a slight oak accent. Long!

2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Les Folatieres
Two parcels, one high and steep, the other lower older vines from the 1960s
A little fuller nose, faint oak in the mix, perhaps. Rounder, more mineral but full of interesting citrus too. The texture is a little plump, I’m sure even better with a touch more acidity – yet the balance is fine. Nice wine. Great finishing though – so long and concentrated.

2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Les Pucelles
A little more oak, maybe 35% vs the 20% of the previous 1ers
A relatively shy nose but with fine width, freshness and definition. Bigger in the mouth, more scale, mineral, accented with citrus, perhaps not fully ready but this is wine that grows and grows in intensity, faintly oaked. Very good but wait a little

2018 Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet
2 vines – 263m long rows – the longest of the domaine! Including Bâtard on the end of the same line
Hmm, now that’s nice, more floral, more open, a beauty! Hmm, clean, crisp, mineral, direct – there’s purity here, there’s good texture, there’s a wall of finishing flavour, quite saline framed, long. Wow – that’s impressive!

2018 Bâtard-Montrachet
A large plot was replanted after the frost of 2016 – so a new wall comes too. But there are three important parcels for this domaine, one in Puligny and two in Chassagne.
Fuller again, but fresh and citrus – that’s a great invitation. Wider, but essentially similar to the Bienvenues – mineral, melting, mouth-watering, long, with a finish possibly even bigger than the Bienvenues. Proper grand crus these wine – excellent!

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