2018 Marcelle de Changey Puligny Montrachet Les Nosroyes
This wine has so many enormous factors at play, it’s one you don’t want to miss it.
First – value. We snuck this guy under the tariff (probably the last of our purchases to make it through), so already it’s 25% less than it would otherwise be. Further, we bought it as-direct-as-we-could, nearly knocking out the wholesaler’s 30% margin. A 55% reduction in price for Puligny? Now that’s my kinda Puligny!
Second – the winemaker is killer and at the top of her game. Her name is Laurence Danel, and her primary job is at the reinvigorated Domaine Jean Fery. This is her own, hand-crafted “custom crush” project that she continues to produce while working at Fery. Previously she was the head white winemaker at Bouchard Pere & Fils. And given how much Bouchard we’ve sold you over the years, we know you like Danel’s stuff.
Third, this is Puligny Les Nosroyes. As Jasper Morris MW notes, “for most critics, Puligny-Montrachet stands highest on the white Burgundy podium.” I would be one to agree. Now I understand, Les Nosroyes is probably not the first vineyard you think might of. But here’s Jasper Morris again: “Les Nosroyes, a well-placed vineyard below premier cru Les Perrieres. Much of Domaine Leflaive’s village Puligny comes from Les Nosroyes, though it is not separated into a cuvee of its own.” DOMAINE LEFLAIVE! What white Burgundy lover doesn’t adore Domaine Leflaive? And check out where their Puligny Montrachet clocks in – $155 a bottle.
The wine itself opens with powerful aromas of apple blossom, caramelized citrus, lemon oil and dancing touches of hazelnut. It is multi-dimensional and simply fascinating to explore with the nose alone. But we need not stop there, because the true hedonism starts with the palate where this wine’s lush yet crispy body delivers a tour de force in fervor – it is full bodied and acutely layered but still remains vibrant. It has the killer ultimate Puligny Montrachet combo of both have a beautiful sense of baby-fat to it but also being clean and driven by its minerality. The finish is long, with an expression that echoes all that has been nosed or tasted before, completing what is a wonderful quaffing experience.
Summing up – it’s a great vintage (2018), from a talented winemaker, in a spectacular vineyard site; and we’ve got a killer price on it. Don’t miss our limited allocation.