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Optimal consumption: 8 to 10 years
Ageing potential: 15 years
Producing commune: Puligny-Montrachet.
Site: Puligny-Montrachet is located in the central section of the Côte de Beaune, where the celebrated Côte des Blancs (Slope of the whites) is located. A few steps from Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet, Pucelles is one of the most prized white Premier Crus.
History & tradition: according to the often told story, the lord of Puligny in the Middle Ages divided his estate between his children: the eldest was the "chevalier" (knight), the daughters were the "pucelles" (young virgins) and the son born out of wedlock was the "bâtard".
Soil: limestone. Mixture of brown earth and pebbles.
by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
Beautiful, brilliant, pale gold colour. Elegant and flowery aromas where linden (tilleul) and pastry dominate, together with lemon rind and almond paste. As the wine matures, the aromas get even finer, with notes of dried fruit, honey biscuit and syrup. On the palate, the wine delivers an impression of finesse and seduction, with a wonderful silky texture and long lasting flavors lingering a long time in the aftertaste.
In 2005, the wines are homogeneous. They develop aromas of ripe fruit with notes of honey and roasted hazelnuts. They are attractive. The acidity levels are lower than in 2004. Clean and complex aftertaste.Vintage review
Supply: this wine comes from grapes and musts purchased from supply partners according to rigorous specifications.
Harvest: grapes harvested by hands in open-work crates. If necessary, a careful sorting is proceeded.
Vinification: slow pressing in a pneumatic press. The juice of the last press is separated of the free run-juice. The juice is transferred into wine barrel after a little settling.
Ageing: the alcoholic fermentation as the malolactic and the ageing are being processed in oak barrels. The proportion of new barrels is around 20% to 25%.
The ageing lasts between 16 to 18 months.
Origin of the wood: oak grown in French high forest.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.