An extremely successful red 2009 from the high, cool Hameau de Blagny. This is absolutely bursting with soft, lush suave berry fruit, notes of strawberry, raspberry, cherry and loganberry. The texture is creamy, the fruit is gently clasped by fine but steadying tannins and the acidity is nicely in balance. Delicious.
Producing its first commercial vintage in 2000, this Domaine is one of the new stars of Burgundy, situated in the Hameau of Blagny between the Puligny and Meursault appellations, but much higher up on the hill tucked underneath the woods. Blagny’s vineyards are well exposed to the sun while benefiting from a cooler micro-climate than its neighbours which lends a wonderful raciness an minerality to its wines. Hélène Martelet, grandaughter of the late Comtesse Montlivault, started bottling her own wines from the 1999 vintage after years of selling the bulk of her crop to Maison Louis Latour. Through low yields and 50% new oak barrel fermentation Hélène makes wine that is intense, mineral and voluptuous, the Hameau being high-toned, the Chaulmeaux more buttery in style, while the Meursault is big, nutty and racy.
A hamlet that lies between Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, Blagny is situated higher up than either of its neighbours just underneath the forest at the top of the hill. The views are fantastic and the atmosphere wild and tranquil. Blagny is an appellation in its own right for light fruity red wines. Some more serious white wines are produced, but these divide themselves between the Meursault and Puligny communes. Those lying in the boundaries of the former are called Meursault-Blagny, whilst those in the latter are known purely as Puligny-Montrachet. The Blagny vineyards within these two communes are the highest in either Meursault or Puligny and as such benefit from tremendous natural acidity levels. There are eight premier cru vineyards up here, split between Meursault and Puligny. The potential of the white wines is only just starting to be realised, with the Domaine Martelet de Cherisey leading the way.