xxxx Adam Puchta Dry Vignoles
"Aromatically, the Puligny-Montrachet displays huge ripeness, deep minerality and honeysuckle. On the palate this rich, medium-to-full-bodied, structured, focused and crisp wine has hazelnut, mineral and stone flavors. It will be at its best between 2000 and 2004. The rating, with the range of scores in parentheses, indicates the wine was tasted from cask, not bottle.
Anne-Claude Leflaive, this famed estate's director, and Pierre Morey, its winemaker, are justifiably excited about their 1996s. Some of their lots had 14% natural alcohol potential, yet huge acidity levels. Morey said that the malic and tartaric acid levels were even at harvest, an unprecedented occurrence in a ripe vintage in Burgundy. Like his colleagues at other domaines, he attributes the high levels of malic acid to the cool temperatures that were present in late summer and early fall. Madame Leflaive added that the estate's policy of hoeing the vineyards forces the vine's roots deep into the soil also increases acidity levels." Wine Advocate
--The Wine Advocate
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