Pernot's Glorious 2019s
While thinking about the wines of Domaine Paul Pernot and doing a bit of internet research I discovered a lovely little article written by the late, great Joe Dressner (Pernot’s NY importer) back in 2003.
He notes that Paul has a reputation as a “savage”, who won’t talk to anyone, but goes on to describe him as a lovely, hard working farmer who happens to own more Folatieres than anyone in Puligny. Noting his collection of motorcycles and vintage, Joe says “he looks like an agrarian, but in truth is a very wealthy peasant.”
Today it is Paul’s son Philippe and his granddaughter Alvina who are at the helm of this historic estate. The work is much the same as it has been for generations. The vineyards are farmed sustainably, with grasses in between the vines to promote biodiversity and sprays avoided.
The winemaking is similarly straightforward. All the Chardonnay is fermented in barrels, racked twice (after malolactic fermentation and before bottling), and bottled with a light filtration.
Every vintage these wines are some of the best values in what is increasingly a village that is only for serious collectors. But now the 2019’s are about to arrive and based on the hype (and scarcity) of this vintage I expect them to be excellent, and to sell out fast.