Domaine de Montille Le Cailleret 1er Cru, Puligny-Montrachet
‘Le Cailleret’ is a plot of Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru situated in the north of the prestigious Montrachet above the Premier Cru ‘Les Maidens’. ‘Le Cailleret’ refers to the stony soils on the hillside plot where the vines were planted in 1993.
The quality ‘Le Cailleret’ is such that it is occasionally (perhaps generously) described as Grand Cru-like. However, it’s more appropriate to think of this wine in terms of the Premier Cru spectrum where it sits near the top.
The fruit is hand-picked, then pressed before being allowed to settle prior to fermentation takes place in 600L and 228L barrels. Only a slight amount of new oak is used and is adjusted for the vintage but never more than a quarter. After about a year the wine is racked off into stainless steel to maintain freshness.
Puligny Blancs have a distinguished bouquet of almond paste, ferns, tropical fruit, amber, and white flowers. Their discreet acidity leaves room for a very soft mouthfeel and an impressive long finish.