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2012 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes

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91-93Vinous / IWC

Ripe peach, spices and a more exotic whiff of apricot on the nose. Chewy, plump and sweet; packed with yellow peach, mandarin orange and mineral flavors lifted by a citrus element. Saturates the palate on the aftertaste.

17Jancis Robinson

Floral nose with some real fragrance already. Flattering texture and some real lemony richness and race. Good definition with a hint of smokiness on the finish. Very pretty. Long.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet, Les Combettes

Les Combettes is a 19.4-acre acre Premier Cru vineyard in the Puligny-Montrachet appellation in Burgundy’s Cote de Beaune. It is on the northern edge of the appellation and borders Meursault. Les Combettes is considered the appellation’s finest Premier Cru, and writer Clive Coates calls Les Combettes “the most complete wine” of the four Premier Cru vineyards in northern Puligny-Montrachet. Les Combettes, he writes, “is a mouthwatering and deliciously elegant combination of Meursault and Puligny, with the steeliness of the latter and the honeysuckle and hazelnut of the former.”

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay, 1er (Premier) Cru

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.