A pungent nose displays notes of mineral reduction, soft wood and plenty of spice nuances. The rich and full-bodied flavors possess both excellent mid-palate concentration and ample minerality before culminating in a clean, dry and focused finale. For my taste this has arrived at its peak with no further upside development potential; that said it should be capable of holding at this level for another decade.
The 1999 Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières 1er Cru boasts a bouquet that stops you in your tracks. It is blessed with stunning delineation despite just a subtle reduction – traces of white chocolate and white truffles underlying the electrifying flint-like aromas. The palate is crisp and fresh, the warmth of that growing season imparting weight and presence to this Puligny-Montrachet, long and persistent with a hint of ginger towards the finish, completing a truly awesome Folatières. 1,455 bottles produced. Tasted at Carré des Feuillants restaurant in Paris.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030