About Puligny-Montrachet 2016 Domaine Pernot Belicard
Philippe Pernot’s father still runs the famous 42 acre family domaine in Puligny-Montrachet. Some time in the future he will inherit his third of the domaine, but for now he is concentrating on the 15 acres of vines that make up Pernot-Belicard, the domaine that came from his marriage to Mademoiselle Belicard. Her father was more of a fruit grower than winemaker and sold off most of what he produced. In contrast, Philippe is more interested in bottling under his own name and has let contracts with négociants run their course, allowing him to hold onto much more of his fruit.
His first vintage was as recent as 2009, and the quality of wine has progressed with each subsequent vintage with big leaps being made with the 2011s, 2012s and most recent 2013s. Space in both the cuverie and the cave has always been at a premium, and up until the 2012 vintage Philippe would bottle all his cuvées a year after harvest. However, the 2013 vintage saw him extend the length of élevage he gave his wines, and the results were impressive.
This Puligny is sourced from six parcels with old and mature Chardonnay vines. The wine is barrel fermented with weekly batonnage and aged in 25% new oak barrels for one year.
2016 was an outstanding vintage for White Burgundy, perhaps a cut above 2015 and Winehog said about the 2015 Puligny "The Puligny-Montrachet 2015 seems even more fresh with it’s more stony minerality. The nose is brimming with vibrant orchard fruits brought forward by a fine citrus infused minerality. A very good 2015 village – in the making … quite impressive. Very Good (88 – 89)."