Côte de Beaune

Domaine PAUL PERNOT

Puligny-Montrachet

One of Puligny’s most historic and influential domaines, run by the legend Paul Pernot for over 60 years and known for producing classical wines with pristine fruit.

Background

Paul Pernot has run this domaine, one of Puligny’s best, since the 1950s, now assisted by his two sons. They have 20ha, 15 in Puligny, including several fine 1er cru and two grand cru. Wine making remains traditional, new oak is kept to 20-30% for 1er crus, 40-50 for the grand cru and bâtonnage is minimal, with none post the malolactic fermentation. These aren’t flashy wines, their peach and white flower fruit is balanced by cool, chalky minerality and racy succulence; they are the epitome of Puligny. The Pernot holdings, some of which have been in the family for over two hundred years, are a veritable who’s who of Puligny’s best terroir. The domaines youngest vines, in some village sites, are 20 years old. Most of the 1er and Grand Cru were planted by Paul between 1957 and 1961 and pre-date modern clones. No herbicides are used anymore and the approach of ‘Lutte Raisonnée’ is followed. Wine making is simple, after pressing the juice settles for 24 hours and is then racked into barrel for fermentation. The wines are racked once more before bottling with a light filtration.

“It’s always a treat to compare Pernot’s two grand crus: the Bienvenue can be sexy and appealing early on, but the richer, brooding, more backward Bâtard often makes the more impressive bottle in the long run.”

Stephen Tanzer, IWC, Sept/Oct 2000

Current Vintages

White WinesVintage
Bourgogne Blanc2016
Puligny-Montrachet2017
Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru La Piece Sous le Bois2017
Puligny-Montrachet 1er le Clos des Folatières2016
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles2016
Bienvenue-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru2014/15
Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru2014
Red WinesVintage
A small walled vineyard, a monopole of the domaine, sitting on the slopes to the north of Beaune. It gives an elegant, finely structured wine with lots of Pinot spice.
2017

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