Domaine du Cellier aux Moines Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles 2018
WA91: Satiny and enveloping, the 2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles delivers notes of peach and pear mingled with white flowers and vanilla pod. Medium to full-bodied, bright and textural, it's an ample but precise wine that's pretty and giving.
Philippe Pascal's acquisition of the Domaine du Cellier Aux Moines has been a boon for Givry and the Côte Chalonnaise as a whole. Whether in replanting with superior selections of Pinot Noir, in converting to organic farming (the domaine becoming the first to be certified organic in Givry), or in commissioning important historical work on the region's past, Pascal has spared no expense in investing in the region. As the wines, stewarded by Guillaume Marko—who has worked at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Arnoux-Lachaux—go from strength to strength, it's clear that those investments are bearing dividends. The 2019 vintage is the domaine's finest to date, and the accompanying tasting notes offer some insight in the progress that has taken place in recent years.
Old vines, planted in 1970 are the secret to this rich, powerful wine. Spice from wood aging underlines the baked apples, tight citrus and a texture that demands attention and aging. This wine has great potential.