Puligny-Montrachet FolatièresPremier Cru
Grape Variety :
Site: the central part of the Côte de Beaune comprises an area predestined to produce great white wines, and Puligny-Montrachet is certainly one of its most glorious examples. Among its Premier Crus, the vineyard of Les Folatières is one of its most famous, occupying a central position at mid-slope.
History & tradition: the name Folatières may come from "feu follet"in French, (St Elmo's fire). According to popular imagination, these fires could be seen on a warm summer night in the forests nearby or coming up from the valley below.
Soil: limestone. Very chalky and stony; a great part is actually limestone debris.
Plantation density: 10,000 stocks/ha in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir.
Yield: 49hl/ha, low on purpose to limit the production of each vine stock.
Supply: grapes and must purchased from regular suppliers with long term contracts.
Pressing: very slow so as to respect fruit. Juices from the very last pressings are not retained.
No yeasts or enzymes are used. The wine goes directly into barrels after "débourbage" (decanting of white wine to reduce sediment).
Type : in barrels (25% in new oak)
Length: 12 months.
Origin of the wood: French oak forests.
Weathering of the wood: Joseph Drouhin insists on total control of the weathering for a period of 3 years, one of the contributing elements to the elegance of the wine.
Follow-up: barrel by barrel.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is then 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.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"Beautiful harmony defines this precious wine.Golden and bright colour. The complex and distinctive aromas of Puligny are here in evidence: honey, honeysuckle, fresh almond. As the wine matures, these aromas evolve towards dried fruit notes and spice. On the palate, a very nice balance between freshness and velvety texture. There is even a firm backbone that gives this wine a strong structure. Exceptionally long on the aftertaste, with refined and floral notes throughout".
This vintage produced wines of various styles, some with a rather high acidity level, others offering roundness. The main factor has been the frost. The vines hit by this severe spring frost very often matured later, giving fairly nervous wines, whereas the plots spared by frost reached a more precocious maturity. Many beautiful wines in this multi-faceted vintage.
Temperature: 13°C (55°C).
Cellaring: 5 to 25 years.