Puligny-Montrachet Combettes 1er Cru
On the same level on the slope as the Grands Crus, the Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 1er Cru is the richest of the Clerc Pulignys. It is made from 40-year-old vines on a stony, limestone soil. The must is kept in tanks at low temperatures for 7 days before transfer to oak barrels (of which 30% are new) for alcoholic fermentation and maturation. Only native yeasts, present on the grapes skins, are used. Les Combettes matures in barrels for 15 months on its lees with minimal bâtonnage, or stirring of the lees, to ensure the wine’s freshness. It is a wine of tremendous depth, breed and complexity that is at the level of a Grand Cru. It combines the intensity of Puligny with the generosity of the Meursault Charmes, which it borders. Clive Coates aptly calls the Puligny Les Combettes a most “complete” wine.
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