One Fine Bottle: Pernand-Vergelesses 2011

One Fine Bottle: Pernand-Vergelesses 2011

We have been blind-tasting white Burgundy this week. A fine array of 2011, 2010 and 2009 Meursaults, Pulignys and Chassagnes, all fit as fiddles we might add. However there was a clear favourite amongst them, an eyebrow-raising victor. And the winner is……

Pernand-Vergelesses, Sous Fretille, 1er Cru, Remi Rollin 2011

Well, maybe it is and isn’t a surprise. This “lesser” appellation has long been a favourite of Justerini & Brooks staff, delivering a lot of character and minerality at a very fair price. The shock was that many tasters thought it was a Puligny and for up to £200 a case less than it’s 1er Cru peers from grander villages, it seems an absolute bargain.

Tasting note - Juicy, ripe Sicilian lemon and citrus zest fruit, racy and lively. Mouth-wateringly fresh with richer notes of hazelnut and butter and complex touches of flint and limestone on the long, focused finish. A fantastic wine that shows just how refined Pernand Vergelesses can be. Bottled early November 2012 after ageing in 20% new oak for 12 months. From three parcels within this fine, south-facing vineyard, perched at the top of a small hill adjacent to Corton-Charlemagne.