Another wine from everyone’s favourite ex-dairy farmer……Frédéric Cossard. The domaine sprung to life in 1996 and the winery is situated in the pretty little village of Saint-Romain, just up the valley from Auxey-Duresse.
Frédéric rents around 7ha of vines in total and all are farmed organically with no chemical treatments.
Puligny-Montrachet has 235ha of vines within its borders….21.3ha of Grand Crus, a touch over 100ha of Premier Crus and finally, 114ha of village level wine.
The Les Reuchaux vineyard lies to the North-East of the village of Puligny-Montrachet on richer, clay soils with underlying limestone….right in the heart of the village appellation.
It’s quite a supple, compressed wine displaying both plenty of depth and latent power but still retaining a sense of filigreed finery with great complexity and mineral nuance.
This particular wine is under the Frédéric Cossard label…..that is where Frédéric releases his top level wines. His other range is released under the Domaine de Chassorney label…we’ve looked at a couple of those previously and given them a hearty thumbs up.
Again…..all the good stuff here…..natural ferments, bugger-all sulphur, long ferments for the whites, etc. There is even no sulphur used to clean the casks….Fred uses ozone from a negative oxygen generator…..and he gives the whites are fair bit of exposure to oxygen early in their life…this protects them from any oxidation issues in the future.
Light, straw/gold in colour with a beautiful nose showing bold aromas of rich stone-fruits…..ripe, juicy peach and nectarine with hints of citrus lift….deeply dredged with mineral and stone and showing hints of soft spice, struck match, marzipan, nougat, cashewy oak and a touch of nutmeg.
Plenty of definition on the palate…..elegant yet rich and dense with great delineation. Ripe peach and nectarine fruit mesh seamlessly with hints of toasted cashews, spice, almond paste, minerals, praline and nougat with light touches of burnt butter, stone, minerals, herbs and sulphidy stuck match goodness.
Great texture and weight in the mouth, superb balance and tension across the palate with a minerally acid line and a complex, morphing finish that seems to linger for an age….superb.
In lieu of some numerical codswhallop at the end of this note…..I’ll just say this wine is as awesome as a karate sparring session with Stevie Nicks.
Price: $220 – Closure: Cork – Alcohol: 13% – Source: Dinner Guest – Importer: Andrew Guard Wine Imports