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Puligny-Montrachet Folatières

Premier Cru

Grape Variety :

Chardonnay

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Vineyard

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.

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Viticulture

Plantation density: 10,000 stocks/ha in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir.
Pruning: Guyot.
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.

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Vinification

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).

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Ageing

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.

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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".

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Vintage

Pretty, bright golden yellow colour. This is a consistent and attractive vintage: the aromas are ripe, more like mature fruit than flowers, with notes of honey and roasted hazelnut. Very attractive as a whole. The acidity level is lower than 2004. The natural alcoholic degree is slightly higher than usual but does not give any heaviness to the wines. The aromas are quite long on the palate and well defined, with some complexity. Ready to drink. 2005 is less exotic than 2003 and as true to type as 2004 was. In fact, there is more resemblance with 2002, or even 1989.

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Serving

Temperature: 13°C (55°C).
Cellaring: 5 to 25 years.

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