Puligny-Montrachet wines portray a floral elegance alongside a stylish, steely concentration. They are very different from Meursault: more refined and delicate, and less rich. The Grand Cru Bâtard-Montrachet sits between Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. The wine focuses on honeyed finesse and exquisite balance rather than richness. With a low slope, gravelly soils of clay and limestone, this cru produces some of the greatest white wines in the Côte de Beaune.
“The 2019 Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 1er Cru comes from 0.80 hectares of vines up to 45 years old, located close to the woods. Unlike the other two Puligny Premier Crus, it comes from Girardin’s own vines. This has a more clinical bouquet of fine delineation and terroir expression, featuring crushed limestone, cooking apple and a light sea spray note. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity and quite saline in the mouth, getting the saliva flowing. Good concentration on the finish. This is an excellent Puligny that should age with style.”
92-94 points, Neal Martin, Vinous Media