Puligny-Montrachet Champ Gain 1er Cru
Situated on the uppermost part of the on the slope, Clerc’s Puligny-Montrachet Les Champs Gains 1er Cru was planted in 1965. There is thin layer of soil over stony, limestone subsoil. Harvest is done entirely by hand. The grapes are meticulously sorted both in the vineyard and the winery to eliminate unhealthy fruit. They are immediately gently pressed in a pneumatic press to retain maximum fruit and aromatic extraction. The must is kept in tanks at low temperatures for 7 days before transferal to oak barrels, of which 25% are new, for alcoholic fermentation and maturation. Only native yeasts, present on the grapes skins, are used. The wine matures in barrels for 15 months on its lees with minimal bâtonnage, or stirring of the lees, to ensure the wine’s freshness. Distinct minerality, length and structure, with bright green apple, citrus zest and white peach fruit.
About the Producer
Originally located on the main square in Puligny-Montrachet, the Clerc estate dates back to the 16th century. Upon his retirement in 2002, Bernard Clerc placed Vincent Girardin in charge of his vineyards and winemaking. He was eventually replaced by the talented Eric Germain. The domaine's 11 hectares of vineyards are centered around Puligny-Montrachet and include three Grands Crus.
Farming practices: The vineyards are farmed biodynamically. The vines are trained high to enhance photosynthesis.
Eric Germain, winemaker