Paul Pernot Bourgogne Blanc

Joe Gilmour Thoughts

There aren’t too many Puligny producers actually based in Puligny – something to do with the high water table. One of the oldest and most classic is Paul Pernot – Their gothic labels capture their philosophy well. It is a style like Ramonet I think,  the acidity is always vibrant, and the wines age very well, but it never tends towards the super crisp, almost tart style that is en-vogue in some places.

As Jasper Morris MW notes: “At present, 80% of Pernot’s wines are sold on to extremely fortunate Negociants in Beaune. However, the 20% that Paul retains and bottles himself is the absolute crème de la crème and quintessentially representative of Puligny at its best.”- He adds: “they could be the outstanding Domaine of that appellation”. I don’t think they are the best domaine in the village, but they’re in the top handful,

This Bourgone Blanc comprises of fruit from three parcels. Two are within Puligny on the Meursault border and planted around 1975. Just a track separates these parcels from AC Puligny vineyards. The other parcel is de-classified fruit from the 1er cru Champ-Canet.

Their Bourgogne Blanc is aged in tank – so it misses some of the grander pretentions of other leading BBs – I don’t think it is at quite the same levels as those from Roulot, Boisson-Vadot, Ramonet or Leflaive, but it needs a bit of time – it’s better on the third day – Equally, this style does need a bit more time to stretch out it’s legs as opposed to say, PYCM. But as a house BB – well, you can’t go wrong!

Joe GilmourPaul Pernot Bourgogne Blanc