Robert Parker – 90+
Tasted blind at the annual â€oeBurgfest” tasting in Bouilland. The 2013 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes perhaps has a touch of under-ripeness on the nose — bruised apple intermingling with cold slate-like scents. The palate is quite powerful, missing the nuance of Vincent Girardin’s own Les Combettes, though it is still balanced and generates momentum towards the spicy, almost oily-textured finish. Though it does not match my expectations from barrel, I suspect that this will improve with another couple of years in bottle. Tasted May 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028
Vinous – 92+
Healthy pale yellow. Musky stone fruits and sweet oak on the nose. Large-scaled, intense and bright, with intense stone fruit and hazelnut flavors framed by bright lemony acidity (actually around 4.5 grams per liter). In fact, this is rather unforthcoming today. In a rich style, and less delicate than the Champ-Canet.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2029