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2018 Alvina Pernot Puligny-Montrachet Vielles Vignes


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This beautiful wine is pretty aromatic with hints “fresh peach, ripe but crisp yellow orchard fruit, clear honey and blanched almonds. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural and nicely defined, with succulent acids and a delicate core of fruit. This is a fine debut effort. Drink: 2020-2033.” – Wine Advocate, 90pts

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An exciting new arrival on the scene in the Côte de Beaune is Alvina Pernot, granddaughter of Paul Pernot of Domaine Paul Pernot and cousin of Philippe Pernot of Domaine Pernot Belicard. After working for three years at her grandfather’s domaine, Alvina and her husband, Philippe Abadie, set up a tiny domaine & maison in Puligny-Montrachet. In fact, all of their 2018 vintage was produced from Alvina’s share of the Pernot family holdings, but only the Puligny-Montrachet La Rue Aux Vaches is harvested and pressed in house, as the rest of the cuvées come from Domaine Paul Pernot in must. That still permits some influence, however, as Alvina and her husband favor earlier-picked fruit and higher-altitude parcels within the large Pernot holdings. In the future, they hope to have full control of the press themselves, and we discussed their vision for press cycles and their views on “foulage,” or crushing before pressing. In the debut 2018 vintage, none of these wines saw any new oak, and they matured on the lees until they were racked for bottling in used barrels, mostly from François Frères. In 2019, some new cuvées from Caillerets, Pucelles and Corton-Charlemagne will enter the portfolio, the result of an exchange with another grower. And some barrels from Tonnellerie Rousseau, pre-used at Domaine Paul Pernot, will enter the “parc a fûts.” This accomplished set of 2018s, in a style that’s precise, elegant and delicately reductive, certainly bodes well for this new producer. Alvina and her husband seem to have a good sense of what they can achieve; and, backed by the Pernot inheritance, they have an enviable canvas of appellations on which to realize it. I will be following their evolution with interest and intend to report on their 2019s in the near future.

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