"Le Cailleret" 1er Cru de Puligny-Montrachet 2016


The 2016 vintage, an unexpected success!

The winter was mild even too warm, without any frost or snow, which favored early budding. The Spring was wet. The cold and frost finally appeared but late April. And as we hoped for sun, it was unfortunately bad timing. After the rain, the negative temperatures of the clear night, the morning sun burned the buds through the ice which had a "magnifying glass" effect. Thus, April 26th and 27th condemned all hopes of a great harvest. The loss was considerable in some of our parcels. Multiple factors (cloud protection or not, temperatures of -1 or -6 °C, young plants, vines weakened by the hail of previous years, pruning...) explained the uneven impact frost had from a village to another, from a parcel to another.

The bad weather continued, it’s a thought rain would never stop and the mildew pressure was continuous and unprecedented. Flowering was late and spread over a period of 15 days, due to the poor weather or heterogeneity in the vineyards. This weather was a stain for our biodynamic farming. But we did not give up and we combined resiliency with efforts to stay true to our vinicultural philosophy.

At the end of June, when morale was so low, nature took over again. The sun and heat timidly arrived and settled definitely early July. Volte-face for the weather! Dry, hot and scorching days signed the end of mildew pressure! August 15th, the rain saved our vines from hydric stress and the rain falls in September allowed the grapes to resume their maturity cycle (stopped by heat and lack of water) and restore the balance acidity / sugar. We were definitely relieved when we started the harvest with the sun, on September 21st, beautiful and healthy grapes! The smile accompanied us all the way into our vats!

Tasting notes

An elegant and airy nose combines notes of acacia blossom, citrus and mineral reduction. The sleek, intense and overtly stony middle weight flavors possess a sophisticated mouth feel before culminating in a clean and agreeably dry finish. This needs to develop more depth but the underlying material is present for that to occur and my predicted range assumes that it will.

Score: 91-93    Tasted: Jun 15, 2018    Drink: 2023+   Issue: 71   Outstanding

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