Xavier Monnot Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières 1er Cru 2015 - The Grape Tray

Xavier Monnot Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières 1er Cru 2015

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Xavier Monnot Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières 1er Cru 2015


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Winery Notes:

Les Folatières is the largest Puligny premier cru and one of the best known thanks to its size  and the quality of its wines. The name “Folatières” comes from folles-terres meaning “crazy earth” and refers to the eroding soil of this site. It sits high up on the hill above Clavoillons with meager soil resulting in a full-bodied wine with plenty of minerality and grip. Xavier’s plot was purchased by his grandmother with parcels planted between 1959 and 1973. Aged from 12 to 14 months in 30-35% percent new French oak. 

Wines from Meursault are typified by aromas and flavors of ripe melon, hazelnut, and lemon custard, and tend to be broader and more textural than wines from neighboring villages. Aging in 15-20% percent small French oak barrels lends notes of toast and vanilla. 

White Burgundy, with its richness, texture, and toasted flavors pairs well with light fish and shellfish and can counterbalance cream-based sauces. Oak-aged Chardonnay from warmer  climates lends itself well to grilled fish, starches, butter, and toasted nuts.

Category White Wine
Region France, Burgundy, Puligny-Montrachet
Brand Xavier Monnot
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Wine SpectatorCitrus blossom, apricot and heavily toasted oak notes highlight this opulent white. Backed by vivid acidity, with all the elements present, this needs a year or so to knit together. Expressive and long. Best from 2020 through 2029. 400 cases made, 100 cases imported.

Bruce Sanderson, September 30, 2018