Louis Jadot Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes 2012

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Puligny-Montrachet shares with its neighbor Chassagne-Montrachet some of the finest white wine vineyards in the world. This commune’s Premier Cru vineyards stretch across the upper half of the Puligny slope, from Meursault to Chassagne. Les Combettes is located on the eastern edge of Puligny on fairly shallow clay and chalk soil with small stones. In winemaking, the Chardonnay grapes are fermented and matured in oak barrels for an average of 18 months. Pair with sophisticated haute cuisine, such as fish and shellfish in cream sauce, white meats and strong cheeses such as Munster or mature Comté.

In Burgundy’s Côte d’Or, Maison Louis Jadot is one of the most trusted and revered wine houses. Jadot’s winemaking team, now led by Technical Director Frédéric Barnier, has maintained a balance of tradition and technology in winemaking that allows Jadot’s wines to express the subtle differences between terroirs that are the essence of fine Burgundy. Founded in 1859, the house has grown through a long-term policy of acquisition or management of exceptional vineyard lands and owns 528 acres of vineyards, including nearly 280 acres of the Cote d’Or’s most prestigious Premier and Grand Cru plots.

Category White Wine
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Puligny-Montrachet
Brand Louis Jadot
  • wa90-92

Wine AdvocateThere are just two barrels of the 2012 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes. It is a little taciturn on the nose, despite coaxing, the abiding impression one of being a touch overwhelmed by the Clos la Garenne at this stage. The palate is well-balanced with a prickle of orange zest and quince on the opening. It has a gradual build in the mouth maintaining focus all the time, leading to a harmonious, lightly spiced finish that never ostentatious, but instead, quietly seductive.

Neal Martin, December 2013
  • bh90

BurghoundA subtle application of wood frames the pretty spice-inflected nose that is primarily composed of floral, pear and white peach aromas. Here again there is excellent volume and plenty of mid-palate stuffing to the delicious and very round medium weight flavors that culminate in an admirably intense if very dry, edgy and slightly clipped finish. There is an abundance of dry extract that helps to buffer the edginess and my predicted range offers the benefit of the doubt that this will harmonize once the wine has been prepared for bottling. 88-90

Allen Meadows