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Paul Chapelle Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Hameau de Blagny 2016

ID No: 447627
Country:France
Region:Burgundy
Winery:Paul Chapelle
Grape Type:Chardonnay
Vintage:2016
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Food Pairing: This wine pairs wonderfully with fine meats, roasted beef, water games, truffles and spicy stews. The bottle should be opened 1 to 3 hours before drinking. This wine needs at least 3 years cellaring before it can open up its complexity. In such case it is strongly recommended to decant before serving.

Tasting Notes: The wine‘s deep color is underscored by plummy hues. A complex nose shows deep, fruity aromas with hints of licorice and roasted coffee. Endowed with a dense and silky tannic structure, this is a full, fleshy wine that provides an ample and generous palate. Its lasting finish speaks of considerable ageing potential.


Reviews:

Deep in color, the espresso, licorice, smoke and flint, paired with layers of juicy, ripe fresh, red fruits show up with ease. On the palate, the wine offers richness, density, purity of fruit, herbs, crushed stones and a wall of ripe, lushly textured, dark red berries. This will age quite nicely.T

-Wine Cellar Insider 97 Points

Sun-baked garrigue and smoky notes of iron and earth accent intensely ripe black cherry and cassis in this wine. Made from 100% Syrah, it's a hulking powerhouse of black-fruit flavors but finessed by firm acidity and fine, integrated tannins. Stunning already it should improve through 2036 and hold further 

-Wine Enthusiast 97 Points


Bright purple. Powerful cherry, cassis, potpourri, exotic spice and olive qualities on the highly perfumed, complex nose. Sweet and energetic on the palate, offering impressively concentrated black and blue fruit preserve, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that unfold steadily with aeration. In a powerful but energetic style and quite primary now. Aeration brings up smoky bacon and floral pastille qualities that carry through the strikingly long, youthfully tannic finish, which leaves behind sweet dark and floral notes.

-Vinous 95 Points

Alluring, with warm fruitcake and black tea aromatics leading off for a lush and warm core of crushed plum, cherry reduction and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors. Despite the showy fruit detail, there's a solid iron underpinning, with pretty floral notes and bright energy throughout. Best from 2023 through 2038. 300 cases made, 188 cases imported. 

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Overview

This very ancient region dates back to the Roman Era and is located on the right bank of the Rhône. It is said that during the Middle Ages, “The Seigneur de Maugiron” gave a hillside to each of his two daughters - one was brunette and the other fair - thus, were born the names of “Côte Brune” and “Côte Blonde.” Wines from the Côte Blonde tend to be more delicate and lighter in character than the fuller wines of the Côte Brune. Together, they make a wine of style and substance. This cuvée is a vineyard plot selection. The grapes come exclusively from a plot within the named slope of “La Landonne.”

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Winemaking

The steep, terraced hillsides along the river produce wines that are among the "biggest" reds of France. The Delas Côte-Rôtie is primarily Syrah with an addition of up to 10 to 20% of Viognier grapes in the crop. The soils of the northern part of the Côte Brune vineyard consists of extremely steep, terraced slopes of ferruginous mica schists which are covered with schist sand (arzel). The Côte Blonde has a varied geology with gneiss and granite predominating at the most southern side of the appellation. The area has dry, hot summers with regular rainfalls during other seasons. The grapes for the “La Landonne” cuvée are picked by hand at maximum maturity. Fermentation takes place in traditional open-topped concrete tanks, following three days of pre-fermentation cold maceration. Before fermentation, the maceration process continues under controlled temperatures of 82°F to 86°F. Daily cap pushing down and pumping over are carried out for about 10 days with total vatting time of up to 20 days. The wine is aged for 14 to 16 months in new or one year old oak casks. The barrels are topped up regularly.


Tasting Notes

The wine‘s deep color is underscored by plummy hues. A complex nose shows deep, fruity aromas with hints of licorice and roasted coffee. Endowed with a dense and silky tannic structure, this is a full, fleshy wine that provides an ample and generous palate. Its lasting finish speaks of considerable ageing potential.


Food Pairing

This wine pairs wonderfully with fine meats, roasted beef, water games, truffles and spicy stews. The bottle should be opened 1 to 3 hours before drinking. This wine needs at least 3 years cellaring before it can open up its complexity. In such case it is strongly recommended to decant before serving.

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'Morgeot' is located in the south of the village, characterized by compact limestone soil containing iron oxide, which gives the soil its particular red-brown color.

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Product Description

Paul Chapelle Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Hameau de Blagny is made from 100 percent Chardonnay. 

Paul Chapelle and daughters represent one of the finest vineyards in Meursault. Only 1200 bottles produced each year. This 1er Cru is farmed organically. All the work on the wines is carried out by hand before vinification and maturation in cement tanks to retain all the flavor of the terroir. No oak. No human intervention. The second malolactic fermentation intervenes naturally, usually the following summer.  Natural clarification and no filtration. 


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On the site of a Cistercian monastery, this vineyard is planted with 40- to 70-year-old vines. It is rich, with some wood aging that adds a smooth as well as toasty character. Full of fruit and with crisp acidity, the wine is still young. Drink from 2021.

-Wine Enthusiast 93 Points

Winery: Paul Chapelle

Domaine Paul Chapelle is a very young domaine by Burgundian standards, having been born in 1976, when Chapelle inherited a parcel of vines in the fine premier cru Santenay vineyard of Les Gravières. Over the course of the next several years he pieced together a small estate with vineyard parcels in Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault and Santenay. Prior to starting his own domaine, Monsieur Chapelle had made a name for himself as a consulting enologist at some of the very best estates in all of the Côte de Beaune including Domaines Ramonet, Michel Lafarge, François Jobard, Paul Pernot, Simon-Bize, Hubert de Montille and Domaine de la Pousse d’Or. This was really a who’s who list of the greatest estates in the southern half of Burgundy at the time, even today!


Paul began as a consultant in 1967, and based on the caliber of his previous clients, it is quite easy to see that Chapelle brought to his own domaine a profound wealth of experience and winemaking savvy. He retired after the 1995 vintage, handing over the reigns of the estate to one of his two sons in law, Jean-François Beck, who was responsible for the vineyard management and winemaking from 1996 - 2009. The reigns have since passed to Paul Chapelle's daughter, Christine Beck Chapelle, who has re-immersed herself in the domaine and today oversees all aspects. Paul himself passed away in 2017, and was honored by many of his famous former clients who both recognized and celebrated his important 50 year contribution to the world of Burgundy.


The style of the Paul Chapelle wines is quite classic (not surprising, given the quality of his previous clients), with an emphasis on expressing the underlying terroir of the different vineyard bottlings, and avoiding such cellar gimmicks as excessive new oak and heavy battonage. The Chapelle vineyard holdings are farmed on a semi-organic basis, which the French call “lutte raisonée”, which demands that all vineyards are taken care of as organically as possible except in moments of dire threat to the grapes. The yields are kept low to allow the delicate nuances of the underlying soil to be translated as faithfully as possible, with chardonnay yields in the estate’s vineyards in Puligny and Meursault kept in the forty to forty-five hectoliters per hectare range. The pinot noir vines in Santenay “Les Gravières” are kept even smaller.


The wines are fermented and aged without a lot of new oak, with only ten to twenty percent utilized even for the top premier crus in the lineup. The white wines from Domaine Paul Chapelle include a lovely Meursault villages bottling, which perfectly captures the racy and minerally side of Meursault, with delicate overtones of hazelnuts and a lovely core of pure fruit. There is also a Puligny-Montrachet AC bottling, which shares with the Meursault a very soil-driven and minerally personality, with all of the pure, citrus and clean pear fruit of the wines of Puligny, both of which are exceptional village wines.


Domaine Paul Chapelle also has a fine pair of premier crus in the village of Puligny, which include one of the best examples of Champgains made in the Côte de Beaune, and a richer and more powerful wine from the little seen premier cru vineyard of “Hameau de Blagny”, which is made from the domaine’s oldest vines now having exceeded the age of eighty years of age. The Champgains is typically the more forward of the two premier crus, with the beautifully-situated parcel owned by the Chapelle family located at the top of the slope of this large vineyard, which produces a much more racy and soil-defined wine than can be the case with examples of Champgains that hail from the heavier soils on the lower sections of the slope. It shares with the village wines a strikingly mineral personality. The Hameau de Blagny is the biggest and slowest wine to unfold amongst the white wines at Domaine Paul Chapelle. These gnarled old chardonnay vines produce a deep, powerfully-styled premier cru Puligny that really offers some of the depth and power of a grand cru, and of course ages very well.


Fortunately, the domaine is old-fashioned in another sense as they also are willing to age their wines in the cellars for a few years prior to release, so that the by the time their wines are made available, they have already seen several years of bottle age and are beginning to blossom and drink beautifully. It is not uncommon for the wine to see four or five years in the domaine’s cellars before it is released, and there are often cellar treasures that are 10-20 years old that have been resting quietly in their chilly cellars!


Domaine Paul Chapelle also turns out a lovely example of their Santenay “Les Gravières” rouge, which is made from old vines and also takes a bit of time to evolve in the bottle before it begins to show its true quality. The wine is again raised with very little new oak making it somewhat sturdy in its youth but allowing it to blossom beautifully with sufficient bottle age. It is an impressively serious example of this little known, but fine terroir, and consistently offers outstanding value for savvy red Burgundy lovers willing to venture out a bit from the well-beaten paths in the Côte de Nuits. Fortunately, the Domaine is also happy to hold back this lovely wine until it has shed some of the youthful rusticity of young Santenay and blossomed.


Domaine Paul Chapelle is one of the best-kept secrets in Burgundy, and with their penchant for allowing wines to blossom in their own cellars before they are offered up for sale, they are particularly sommelier-friendly!


  • Prior to starting his own domaine in 1976 when he inherited wines in Santeny les Gavières, Paul Chapelle had made a name for himself as a consulting enologist at some of the very best estates in all of the Côte de Beaune including Ramonet, Lafarge, Jobard, de Montille and Domaine de la Pousse d’Or. 
  • Today daughters Christine and Sylvie co-own the estatem which includes an extensive cellar of library Puligny and Santenay. 
  • The style of the Paul Chapelle wines is quite classic with an emphasis on expressing the underlying terroir of the different vineyard bottlings, and avoiding such cellar gimmicks as excessive new oak and heavy battonage. 
  • One of the best-kept secrets in Burgundy with their penchant for allowing wines to blossom in their own cellars, and providing incredible values in a region where affordability is rare. 



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Light yellow with a pale straw hue. A classic nose of lemon, fresh stonefruit and melon. The palate is clean and fresh with mineral characters underpinning ripe pineapple and lime flavours. This wine will age beautifully over the next 4-5 years.

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