Domaine Matrot  Puligny-Montrachet  1er Les Chalumeaux Cotes de Beaune FR 2020

Domaine Matrot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Les Chalumeaux Cotes de Beaune FR 2020

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Burghound Wine Review

Domaine Thierry et Pascale Matrot/Pierre Matrot 2020

Puligny-Montrachet "Les Chalumeaux" 

1er Cru White barrel
Score: 91-93
Tasted: Jun 10, 2022
Drink: 2030+
Issue: 87
Note: from a 1.28 ha parcel that comprises about 20% of the entire vineyard
Producer note: Thierry Matrot, who joined his father Pierre at the domaine in 1976 and essentially took over in 1983, has now turned over the reins of this 24 ha domaine to two of his daughters (he has three), Elsa and Adèle joined the domaine in 2008 and 2010, respectively. I met this time with Adèle who related that 2020 was "yet another hot, extremely dry and ripe vintage where we escaped any serious frost damage. Usually when there is frost risk it means that the vegetative cycle is advanced and that was certainly the case in 2020. In fact, so much so that we began the harvest on the 17th of August with our parcel of Santenots. And it was the first time that anyone here can remember ever having brought in all of the pinot crop before we even started on the chardonnay, which we began picking on the 22nd. The fruit was clean, and yields were excellent at around 50 hl/ha for the chardonnay but as good as those were, they were equally lousy for the pinot at only around 20 hl/ha on average save for the Bourgogne at around 45 hl/ha. Potential alcohols for both colors came in between 13 and 13.5%. The vinifications were relatively straightforward and while we vinified lightly, we still wanted to make reds with substance. While it's still early, I think we achieved that as the wines, in both colors, have been improving month by month and we are very optimistic about their future." I would agree that the Matrot sisters did extremely well and as the scores confirm, there are a number of wines in the range that are absolutely worthy of your interest. With that said, as good as the Charmes and Corton-Charlemagne are, the Perrières is spectacular. Matrot noted that the Bourgogne was bottled in August of 2021 and the other wines now in-bottle were put there in February 2022. (Vineyard Brands,, AL, USA; Cellarhand,, Australia; Corney & Barrow,, Private Cellar Ltd.,, Connollys Wines,, Decorum Vintners,, Direct Wine,, Field & Fawcett,, and Handford Wines,, all UK).
Tasting note: This is also aromatically cool and airy with its notes of wet stone, acacia blossom, citrus zest and anise. The nicely rich and seductively textured middle weight flavors manage to retain very good delineation on the equally stony and lingering finish that is a bit more compact so at least some patience strongly suggested.