91 Insider points

REVIEWS

We were so excited to get our hands on this! Incredible value and it tastes amazing. What more could you ask for? Fresh, bright, lovely minerality with citrus and creamy notes. Sip on this creamy, buttery goodness alongside a charcuterie plate or a buttery pasta dish.


This Premier Cru from Puligny is characterised by finesse, subtleness and floral aromas, underlined by an elegant minerality.

-Notes from the winery

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Chardonnay
  • APPELLATION
    Burgundy, France
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Stylistically, Puligny-Montrachet and its Premier Cru vineyards sit at the other end of the spectrum from Meursault. Linear, crisp, mineral-hewn and subtle, Matrot’s Puligny “Les Chalumeaux” offers a beautiful and restrained counterpoint to the domaine’s creamy/buttery Meursault.

The marriage of Joseph Matrot and Marguerite Amoignon in 1914 proved fortuitous for two reasons: 1) Their coupling brought together the vineyard holdings of two established Burgundian clans, including old vines planted in “Les Chalumeaux,” one of Puligny’s greatest Premier Crus. And 2) Their union also allowed for the birth of son Pierre, who would one day become one of Beaune’s top winemakers.

The domaine farms their “Les Chalumeaux” vines organically and takes a natural, laissez-faire approach in the cellar as well—using indigenous yeast for fermentation and neutral oak for maturation. Matrot’s 2013 “Les Chalumeaux” is penetrating and racy with plenty of Puligny’s characteristic minerals and chalk. Puligny-Montrachets from this low-yielding vintage display the appellation’s finely delineated character and minerality. “The best wines show brisk, intense elements of citrus and orchard fruits, white pepper and tactile saline minerality. They convey their terroir clearly and will please fans of classic white Burgundies,” writes Vinous. And this particular 1er Cru Puligny-Montrachet stays absolutely true to its intense and classic vintage.

TASTING NOTES 

A beautiful, creamy and buttery white with hints of citrus and vanilla.

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

The Matrot domaine is one of the oldest estate-bottlers in Burgundy and one of the largest and most important properties in Meursault. It is widely represented on the wine lists of France's greatest restaurants, and has been distributed in the United States for over thirty years. Thierry Matrot and his wife, Pascale are the owners.

The domaine farms about 3/4 of its 45 acres, some of the finest vineyards in the heart of Burgundy.The average age of the vines is an impressive 30 years. Thierry Matrot works towards the achievement of one major goal: to produce a wine that retains its elegance while maximizing both the fruit and the native tang of the soil. In order to accomplish this goal, he relies upon his wine making philosophy: "wine is made in the vineyards – and far less than people think, in the cellar. However talented the oenologist, with poor raw materials he is lost before he has even started." 100% estate-bottling has been practiced at the domaine since Thierry's grandfather, Joseph Matrot, took it over in 1908.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pair with your upcoming turkey dinner or a savory cheese plate. This will also pair well with a lighter seafood dish.