Jacques Puffeney Vin Jaune 2011 (620ml)


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“The style of the 2011 Arbois Vin Jaune from Puffeney is usually the powerful and concentrated style found around Arbois, aged in a warm and dry cellar that provokes a higher evaporation and thus concentration of the wine. This 2011 was released in 2018 (and it’s being offered again now), but I have not yet seen the 2012. I intended to uncork a bottle of the 2010 to report on it, but I couldn’t locate it in the mess of my cellar. But I found this 2011 and decided to share it with some friends along with some 42-month aged Comté cheese. I was very surprised at how elegant and subtle this is. It has a wonderfully tender and delicate nose, and then the palate is an explosion of flavors and has more clout and power than what the nose points out. This is one of the wines that made me decide I found 2011 to be a great vintage for vin jaune, better than 2010 in the cases where I also tasted the 2010. This is a great legacy from Monsieur Puffeney, and I’d stock a few (more) bottles in the corner of my cellar. If kept properly, this has all that it needs to develop for 50 years in bottle. Epic! Drink: 2019-2050. 98 points

Even after retirement, some homeopathic quantities of wines from Puffeney keep arriving in some markets. I had the luck to catch two of them…”

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (243)