the whites

Puligny-Montrachet 2008 RemoissenetMontrachet 2008 Maison Roche de BellenePuligny-Montrachet La Garenne 2006 Etienne SauzetAll the wines were served blind in the sequence shown above and here are my notes:

1. Puligny-Montrachet 2008 Remoissenet
Clean, flinty, fresh lemon peel, cream; fresh lime, tart lemon, vanilla and slightly bitter notes; medium-plus acid; medium-plus to long finish. (I brought this bottle).

2. Montrachet 2008 Maison Roche de Bellene
Clean, fresh, flinty, oak, vanilla, ripe lemons; intense oak and lemon flavours, smooth, tasty, slightly honeyed; medium to medium-plus acid; medium-plus finish. (Guessed the appellation correctly but got the year wrong – thought it was 2007).

3. Puligny-Montrachet La Garenne 2006 Etienne Sauzet
Muted, wet stones, oyster shells; strong oak and bitter lemon; medium to medium-plus acid; medium finish. White floral aromas appeared later as the wine warmed up in the glass. (I thought this was a chablis on first sniff but the white floral aromas and the strong flavours sent a different message. I thought the wine had seen some age on it and may have been a pre-2000 bottle. We were surprised when the answer was revealed. Time to drink up I guess!).

And here’s the starter that accompanied all the white burgs. For me the Montrachet did the job beautifully with the obsiblue prawns and the Remoissenet’s P-M was a better match with the scallops.

Obsiblue prawns and scallop

Remoissenet’s Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres 2001 and Leflaive’s Blagny Sous de dos d’ane 2000

Remoissenet Puligny-Montrachet Folatieres 2001 and Leflaive's Blagny 2000

Didn’t write down any notes so here’s what I remembered: the Les Folatieres had a sweet honeyed aroma and quite floral with a touch of bortrytis. On the palate it was completely dry with good ripe stoned fruit flavours. Slightly on the heavy side in terms of mouthfeel that ended with a medium, slightly bitter finish. Leflaive’s had a dangerously close call to 2,4,6-trichloroanisole but there were still abundant primary fruit flavours . Rustic and slightly grainy in texture. One of the last vintages of this particular vineyard before the vines were replanted with Chardonnay.