91(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2012
Pale, bright yellow. Tight but aromatic nose hints at minerals and toasted baguette. Pliant and rich but youthfully withdrawn, showing excellent energy and lift to the stone fruit and peach pit flavors. At once more glyceral and more austere than the village Puligny. Finishes very long but with a youthful dry edge. Give this a few years in bottle to unwind.
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