Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
"Les Truffières"

  • RegionCôte de Beaune
  • VillagePuligny-Montrachet
  • AppellationPuligny-Montrachet Premier Cru
  • Grape varietyChardonnay
The Vine
  • Average vine age 35 years
  • SoilLimestone, marl, scree
  • Average yield40 hl/ha
  • HarvestHand picked
Wine tips
  • Cellaring Potential5-7 years
  • Serving temperature 12-14°
Description
  • Home to some of the world's most extraordinary Chardonnays including the famous Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet is the 216 hectare geographical middleman of the white wine villages, bordered by Meursault to the north and by Chassagne-Montrachet to the south. Puligny-Montrachet « Les Truffières » is situated high up on the slope just below the hamlet of Blagny. As the name "Les Truffières" suggests this vineyard was once a truffle-bed and now the wines it produces are equally sought after.
Vinification & Ageing
  • Fermentation
    Traditional in oak barrels with complete malolactic fermentation
  • Ageing
    8-10 months ageing in oak barrels, 50% new
  • Barrels
    Louis Latour cooperage, French oak, medium toasted
Wine tasting
  • Tasting Note
    A rich, opulent wine, typical of its soil. Aromas reminiscent of nuts, particularly almonds and pecans harmonizing with yellow ripe fruit aromas of peach and apricot. A wine that will evolve superbly in five to ten years. Tasted January 2007
  • Food Pairing
    Pan-fried perch with shallot and chanterelle - shellfish - foie gras - poultry- cheese
Press review
  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2005 - Wine Spectator - August 2007 - 88/100
  • Puligny-Montrachet "Truffières” 2005 - Burghound.com - July 2007 - 89/100
  • Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2005 - Jancis Robinson - January 2007 - 16.5/20


Press review
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2012 - Wine Spectator - September 2015 - 90/100Lime blossom, Key lime pie and hazelnut aromas and flavors are underlined by mineral accents in
      this ripe yet focused white. The long finish suggests grapefruit peel and oak spice notes. Drink now through 2022.
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2012 - Apstein on Wine - December 2014 - 92/100Despite the concentration of Latour's whites in 2012, the wines still reflect their origins.  This wine has a particularly stony edginess that screams Puligny-Montrachet and distinguishes it from the slightly creamier Meursault.  Like Latour's Meursault Premier Cru, Les Truffières has a welcome vibrancy that balances its riches, amplifies its finish and puts its refinement into sharp relief.  More tightly wound at this stage than the Meursault Château de Blagny, it needs a few years to blossom. Michael Apstein (USA)

    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2012 - Burghound.com - June 2014 - 92/100The restrained and cool nose is more complex with citrus zest, dried flower and yellow orchard fruit aromas that are in keeping with the succulent, rich and fleshy medium-bodied flavors that display excellent length on the vibrant, dry and focused finish. This is noticeably firmer and should amply reward 6 to 8 years of cellar time. Recommended. 2019+ By Allen Meadows (USA)
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2012 - Jancis Robinson - January 2014 - 16.5/20Deep gold. Quite tense and structured. Very firm and crunchy. Rather different from the other Louis Latour whites. Drink 2015-2020 (cask sample) UK
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2012 - Tim Atkin - February 2014 - 93/100 (UK)
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2011 - Wine Enthusiast - October 2014 - 93/100 - Cellar SelectionThe name comes from the fact that this vineyard was once a truffle bed, high up the slope of Puligny-Montrachet. The wine shows wood, attractive fruitiness and layers of spice and almonds. It is rounded, the soft texture balanced by acidity. Drink from 2016. Online Exclusive (USA)

    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2011 - Wine Spectator - September 2014 - 90/100A rich, broad style, whose flavors of baked apple, honeysuckle and butterscotch are underlined by lemon and mineral elements. Reveals a hint of the seashore. Drink now through 2018. (USA)
    • Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2011 - Jancis Robinson - February 2013 - 17/20 Cask sample. Intense oaky citrus aroma. With an attractive touch of struck match. The oak is well integrated and the fruit bright and citrusy. Tight, concentrated, long.
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2011 - Tim Atkin 2011 Burgundy Special Report - UK - 91/100
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2010 - Wine Spectator Online - February 2013 - 88/100Rich, showing flavors of apple pie, grapefruit and honey. Round and balanced on the soft side, with moderate length. Drink now through 2018. By Bruce Sanderson, USA.
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2010 - Burghound.com - June 2012 - 90/100There is an attractive touch of mineral reduction that adds nuance to the rose petal, pear and citrus zest aromas. There is excellent richness to the very generous flavors that are admirably fine and I very much like the underlying sense of tension on the mouth coating, delicious and balanced finish. 2015+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2009 - Wine Enthusiast - October 2011 - 91/100Closed at this stage, the wine has acidity, minerality and the potential of ripe pear and apricot fruit flavors. The wood is showing strongly but will integrate, while the texture promises good aging. (USA)
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières” 2009 - Burghound.com - June 2011 - 92/100A discreet touch of wood frames pure and airy aromas of well-layered ripe white orchard fruit and acacia blossom aromas that are in keeping with the equally complex middle weight flavors that are textured, racy and detailed before culminating in an intensely mineral-driven, dry and refined finish of admirable length. A classy and exceptionally stylish wine of finesse and balance. 2016+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2009 - Chris Kissack (UK) - January 2011 - 16/20An immediately appealing matchstick reduction on the nose, giving the wine a very smoky and grainy feel, but behind that I sense some pure and sweet yellow fruits. Nicely expressive though. Rather restrained at the very beginning of the palate, tightly confined, giving a richer sense through the middle, a wine of substance conveyed through a stony density rather than fat or texture. Good grip to it, nicely direct acidity at its core, with a supple breadth laid over the top. Just a touch of pithy-cream to it. Appealingly grippy finish, long and gritty. This is a nice wine.
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2009 - Jancis Robinson - January 2011 - 16/20Solid texture on the palate and this may well be worth waiting for. There is clearly (reticent) stuffing here. Drink 2013-2017. (UK)
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2008 - Wine Tomas Word Press - December 2012 - 91+/100Nose: yellow fruit, strong notes of zest, some honey, flowers, discretely perfumed, mineral notes. Very elegant! Palate: citrus and yellow apples, strong mineral notes, high but well integrated acidity. Summary: elegant but not that heavy style, rather young but gorgeous already. By Tomas (Word Press - Sweden)
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières” 2008 - Wine Spectator - November 2010 - 90/100A floral note graces this elegant and lively white, whose flavors of apple and citrus are accented by mineral. Integrated and vivid, with a lingering, lime-tinged finish. Drink now through 2015. By Bruce Sanderson, USA.
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2008 - Decanter - December 2010 - 15.5/20Rich, mineral, citrus and greengage nose. Gently fruit palate with refreshing acidity and a lovely steely backbone. Tasty effort. 2011-2015.
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Truffières" 2008 - Wine Enthusiast - November 2010 - 91/100Youthful yeasty aromas appear at this early stage, the palate showing the same character. The fruit is firm and structured, the acidity very marked along with its tense mineral character. For aging. By Roger Voss, USA.
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2008 - Allen Meadows' Burghound.com - July 2010 - 91/100A notably ripe yet cool nose that is classically elegant and perfumed offers up notes of mineral reduction, green fruit, floral hints and moderate oak toast combine with textured, sweet, detailed, precise and focused medium-bodied flavors that are balanced, intense and impressively long. A classic example of Truffières as this is built on a base of firm minerality and I very much like the finishing intensity. 91/2015+
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2007 - Wine Spectator Online - July 2010 - 87/100Rich and spicy, with apple, grapefruit, butter and clove notes. The initial roundness gives way to a hard edge on the finish. Best from 2011 through 2018. 420 cases made. By Bruce Sanderson, USA.
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2007 - Burghound.com - July 2009 - 90-92/100A lovely floral, spice and freshly sliced citrus fruit nose that is cool, pure and elegant merges gracefully into detailed, racy, focused and driven middle weight flavors that exude energy and an intense stoniness on the austere, palate staining and beautifully long finish. This is, at present, a block of stone and will need several years of bottle age to unwind and flesh out but it's very promising. 2013+
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2006 - Wine Spectator - July 10th, 2009 - 90/100This has fine intensity, showing peach, lemon, floral and mineral aromas and flavors. On the opulent side, with good length on the finish. Drink now through 2016. By Bruce Sanderson (USA).
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2006 - Wine Enthusiast - October 2008 - 93/100Very elegant, delicate, the ripe fruits giving point to the finely wrought structure. There are green fruit, caramel, vanilla and spice flavors. Only in the aftertaste is this delicious wine rich, while its ageing potential suggests long term drinkability. (USA)
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2006 - Burghound.com - July 2008 - 92/100This possesses the most elegant nose among these Puligny 1ers with a moderately high-toned green fruit, floral and anise suffused nose that is followed by opulent, mouth coating and firmly textured medium full flavors that are a mix of power and finesse, all underpinned by both a firm core of ripe acidity and a lovely mineral streak. Absolutely lovely if a bit more forward than is typical for this wine. 2010+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2006 - Jancis Robinson - February 2008 - 16+/20Sweet spicy oak over ripe citrus. Old wood flavours on the palate. Very spicy finish. Dense and not much charm at the moment. Drink 2009-12. (UK)
    • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2005 - Wine Spectator - August 2007 - 88/100Very floral and a touch of mint or thyme adds liveliness to this white's apple and pear notes. The high alcohol pulls it out of balance. Despite some length, this may not have the harmony for long aging. Drink now through 2012.
    • Puligny-Montrachet "Truffières” 2005 - Burghound.com - July 2007 - 89/100A touch of toast envelopes exotic floral aromas that precede the rich if not especially dense middle weight flavors that are supple, forward and reflect an attractive minerality, all wrapped in a finish that offers solid intensity and length. This is very good. 2010+
    • Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" 2005 - Jancis Robinson - January 2007 - 16.5/20Round and quite soft on the palate. Chunky. Drink 2007-09.
    • 2004 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" - Burghound.com - July 2006 - 90 points :The flavors are surprisingly supple and soft yet underpinned by a firm minerality and while this isn't especially dense, the finish is really quite powerful.
    • 2003 Puligny-Montrachet ”Truffières” - Burghound.com - October 2005 - 89 points :This quite resembles the Sous le Puits as the nose is airy, elegant and quite pure, combining with rich, full yet admirably detailed flavors that are textured and nuanced by distinctly mineral notes. This is a really pretty wine that does not possess great depth but the freshness and balance are worth the price of admission. 89/2006+
    • 2002 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" - Wine Advocate - February 26th, 2004 - 91-93 points :The seamless, fleshy 2002 Puligny-Montarchet "Les Truffières" burst from the glass with oodles of spices. This deep, rich, lush, broad wine coats the taster's palate with pulp-laden pears, anise and white flowers. Projected maturity 2005-2011.
    • 2001 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" - Burghound.com - July 2003 - 88 points :Here however there is much better integration of the oak as it complements the racy, intense, nicely pure aromas of white flowers and limestone, leading to precise, delicious, complex, citrus-infused, flavors of fine depth and tengh. This offers the best transparency of any wine to this point. 88/2006-11.
    • 2001 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" - Wine Advocate - Issue 146 - 88-89 points :The 2001 Puligny-Montrachet Les Truffières reveals fresh scents of lemons and minerals. Medium-bodied, exhibiting outstanding depth and purity of flavors, this wine offers loads of spiced lemons in its character. Unlike the majority of citrus-based 2001s, this effort is neither compressed nor acidic. Its satin-textured personality is flavorful, delineated, and long. Projected maturity: now-2008.
    • 2000 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Truffières" - Decanter - February 2003 - 3 stars : Peardrops, light. Buttery flavours and crisp acidity. Good balance, lingering finish. Very good.
    • 1998 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Trufières" - Wine Enthusiast - July 2000 :The complex nose boasts hints of toast, vanilla, cinnamon and hazelnuts. But don't think that this is an oak-and-mirrorss wine. There's plenty of white stone fruits to back it up, along with a minerally edge. Finishes very long, with recurring notes of toasted nuts.
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