Puligny-Montrachet 2012, Jean Chartron
The Chartron wines are so beautifully fruity in their youth it has led me to believe that they don’t have the style or structure to age well. Recent tastings of the village 2012s and 2013s indicate otherwise. This 2012 Puligny is a case in point. An attractive nose of lemon tart, pineapple cake and orange cake dotted with sea salt flakes. Suggestions of baked lobster shell and samphire. This is a lovely, hedonistic bouquet. Medium to full bodied on the palate with good fruit concentration. Minerality, orange, lemon and apricot fruit. Impressive length, slightly honeyed and yet perfectly balanced. One has the sense that the grapes were picked at exactly the right moment and those which were too ripe or unripe rejected on the table de tri. A gorgeous bottle! Scores 85/100. Photo shows Puligny vineyards on April 17, 2019.