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Jean-Marc Roulot - Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru "Les Folatières" 2015

Jean-Marc Roulot - Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru "Les Folatières" 2015

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This Puligny 1er cru "Les Folatières" is powerful and complex.

Jean-Marc Roulot is nothing less than one of the most talented white winemakers in Burgundy. No one disputes this and nor should they. His signature melts to perfection with the top terroirs of Burgundy. The wines are known to have high precision and tension without compromising on a certain richness and complexity. This wine is made from grapes purchased from one of Puligny-Montrachet’s best premier crus: Les Folatières. The “Les Folatières” vineyard sits at the same altitude and north of the Grand Cru Chevalier Montrachet.

The bouquet is a firework of flavours with light smokiness, underlying citrus notes with fresh stone fruits, white flower, freshly cut acacia and almond skins. The palate is vibrant and exciting with plenty of power but Zen-like, subtle spice with a lingering finish and a brilliant use of well-integrated oak. It can be paired with lobster, scallops and a large array of fine cow cheeses. It should be decanted for 25 minutes before serving and it can be cellared up until 2023+. 100% Chardonnay.

"This came as a magnificent shock of pleasure when I first put my nose on this Premier Cru “Les Folatières” from Jean-Marc Roulot. The depth of flavours, the layers and how balanced it is makes it staggeringly great. This is Burgundy white at its highest level."

Jean-Marc Roulot buys the grapes and manages the harvest date to make sure the grapes retain a high level of acidity. It is Jean-Marc’s signature to pick at this stage. Afterwards, the press is a key period of the process where his magic is worked. The aim is to extract slowly, but also to make sure that it’s gentle enough to avoid getting drying extracts. The maturation is done in French oak barrels, with about 20% new oak. During the extensive maturation of about 18 months (12 months in barrels and 6 months in a stainless tank), Jean-Marc makes sure that the cellar is wet enough to work on a certain reduction. Topping up is done every week to ensure the wine doesn’t oxidize. The wine was bottled in spring 2017 (France) and released in October 2017.

What we say

"This came as a magnificent shock of pleasure when I first put my nose on this Premier Cru “Les Folatières” from Jean-Marc Roulot. The depth of flavours, the layers and how balanced it is makes it staggeringly great. This is Burgundy white at its highest level."

Technical notes

Jean-Marc Roulot buys the grapes and manages the harvest date to make sure the grapes retain a high level of acidity. It is Jean-Marc’s signature to pick at this stage. Afterwards, the press is a key period of the process where his magic is worked. The aim is to extract slowly, but also to make sure that it’s gentle enough to avoid getting drying extracts. The maturation is done in French oak barrels, with about 20% new oak. During the extensive maturation of about 18 months (12 months in barrels and 6 months in a stainless tank), Jean-Marc makes sure that the cellar is wet enough to work on a certain reduction. Topping up is done every week to ensure the wine doesn’t oxidize. The wine was bottled in spring 2017 (France) and released in October 2017.