Puligny-Montrachet, Clos De La Pucelle 1er Cru 2012 Jean Chartron
Established in 1859, Domaine Jean Chartron has been governed by five generations concerned with both the expansion and prosperity of these prestigious vineyards. This wine comes from the Clos de La Pucelle, a very prestigious Monopole vineyard which means it is own entirely by the Domaine Jean Charton. It's less than 3 acres in size, located halfway up the hill it benefits from an excellent sun exposure. The average age of the vines is 40 years. Harvest is made by hand and neither herbicides, nor chemical pesticides are used in the vineyards. Vineyards are farmed organically. The 100% Chardonnay if is all barrel fermented in 40% new oak barrels and matures on fine lees for 14 months. The Wine Advocate scored it 92 points and said "The 2012 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Pucelle comes from Charton's 1.16-hectare monopole planted between 1950 and 1980. It displays fine mineralite on the taut, focused bouquet that is endowed with more intensity that some of the other premier crus. The palate is lively in the mouth with a stony core of fruit: a livewire Puligny with taut citrus fruit and a tingle of lemongrass leading the way on the long finish. This is excellent."