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2006 Mischief and Mayhem, Puligny-MontrachetApr. 2012
Golden colour. The nose has more than a little butterscotch and a core of floral aromas – eventually an appealing, if slightly disconcerting balsamic note that reminds me more of a red wine. The has a whack of quite powerful flavour, waxy silkiness and sufficient (plenty in a 2006 context) acidity for good balance. The finishing flavour is long with a hint of mineral, but also a trace of oxidation. Fully enjoyed, that oxidative note certainly not spoiling things but it would remind me to finish these up and replace with a younger vintage.
2009 Boillot Jean-Marc, Puligny-MontrachetNov. 2011
The nose is relatively tight; very understated high toned flowers, perhaps pear-drops. This is surprisingly fresh and mineral for a 2009 – too much so? – certainly it’s a little austere. The flavour does expand in the mid-palate, and it’s clearly quite fresh but I’m not entirely convinced this is a great wine for the price – this is relatively expensive for a villages. The last part of the mid-palate and finish has plenty of extract and flavour – I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt but I’d only buy at a much better price.
2008 Bachelet Jean-Claude, Puligny-MontrachetSep. 2011
Medium yellow. The nose is fresh though with a ripe slab of yellow fruit at the centre-stage. In the mouth this has a slghtly oily, fat texture – absolutely not a negative with such a buffer of very good acidity. There is understated power and a very good energy, particularly I like the gooseberry flavoured finish. Fine Puligny villages.
2009 Leroux Benjamin, Puligny-MontrachetMar. 2011
Wide, understated, perhaps a little aromatically loose. Makes a super impression in the mouth; slightly cushioned with fine dimension – excellent for the label.
2009 Gambal Alex, Puligny-MontrachetMar. 2011
High-toned, with hints of pineapple. Padded but with good complexity – quite nice.
2009 Pernot Paul, Puligny-MontrachetJan. 2011
The soft-fruit aromas are understated but wide, slowly gaining in depth. The texture is a little soft, just enough acidity and there’s a very nice depth of mid-palate flavour which becomes stronger in the finish. Understated but then finishes with gusto.
2009 Leflaive, Puligny-MontrachetDec. 2010
Finer aromas and tighter, better defined flavours. Very good acidity, more linearity but very easy to drink. – sweet ripe fruit flavours come as afterthoughts.
2009 Jomain Marc, Puligny-MontrachetOct. 2010
I hint of green in the colour. The nose is very pretty. Unctuous but balanced. This seems to have been less complicated by the bottling. I find it generous, and very good wine. I had to ask to taste this – I’m glad I did!
2008 Gambal Alex, Puligny-MontrachetApr. 2010
The nose here is riper and showing a more overt depth, still seems tight though. Fuller and riper flavours, hints of oak and again a super texture. For all those positives, it is the finish that is most compelling. Super villages.
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