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2011 Domaine de Montille Puligny-Montrachet Le Cailleret
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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2013

(bottled three weeks prior to my visit; 20% new oak):  Lemon, lime, crushed stone and some noble herbal high notes on the nose.  Citrussy and penetrating, with a hint of youthful bitterness to the lime leaf and chalky mineral flavors.  Very pure, juicy, mineral-driven wine with sneaky depth and a persistent, vibrating finish.  This is 12.7% alcohol following about 0.3% of chaptalization, notes Alix de Montille.

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