Francois Legros Puligny-Montrachet Noyer Bret 2021


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“The 2021 Puligny-Montrachet Noyer Bret comes from 70-year-old vines that underwent a clonal selection. It is quite concentrated on the nose with slightly honeyed tones complementing the blood orange and green apple scents. The palate is very concentrated for a Village Cru, a silver bead of acidity, quite tangy with orange rind and tangerine notes towards the lingering finish. Excellent. Drinking window: 2024-2038. 92 points

This is my second visit in a year to this Domaine based on the outskirts of Nuits Saint-George. Newbuild homes are surrounding François Legros’s winery, thankfully not impeding on any sacred vineyards. “The whites are vinified in stainless steel but transferred into barrel halfway through the alcohol fermentation,” Legros tells me. “They are matured in 30% new oak, and the rest one and two years old. I started the picking on 21 or 22 September.” The standout in 2021 is a wonderful Chambolle-Musigny Les Noirots and Morey-Saint-Denis Millandes. The already bottled whites are generally fresh and approachable, particularly strong in Saint-Aubin.”

Neal Martin, Vinous (01/23)