2012 Paul Pernot Bourgogne Blanc

Sure, it’s easy to get excited about new producers when their wines finally arrive and knock our socks off. Easy. Kind of mirrors life in a way; the whole discovery thing. There’s something to be said, though, about the tried and true, about familiar and long time friends; after all, they were discoveries once. In the wine universe, having a producer who delivers vintage after vintage is a boon for an importer!  Vintage after vintage is a bit of an understatement here. After all, I am talking about Paul Pernot!!

Here at TWH, we’re now proud to count 4 producers who bottle a Bourgogne blanc. Well sure, they’re not Montrachets, Meursaults, nor Bâtards. But at their modest pricepoints, they ARE white Burgundies, and if you could drink white Burgundy everyday, perhaps one priced in the everyday wine category is in order. Of our 4 Bourgogne blancs, there is but one stalwart. One producer that has provided us with a sensational Bourgogne blanc vintage after vintage for a long, long time. I should say that he has provided ALL OF US with it, as many of you have enjoyed his Bourgogne over the years as well. Yes, I am talking about Paul Pernot. His 2012 Bourgogne blanc just rolled in our warehouse doors, and as overwhelming as it may seem to see stacks and stacks of his wines, we all know that it won’t be long before we start to allocate it on its way to selling out. It’s funny. It happens every year. So the question becomes why?

The answer is multi-faceted. Paul Pernot represents the tried and true for us, a familiar and long time friend. His familiarity is certainly not confined just to these parts either. The question then becomes, why is he so familiar? When you make high quality white Burgundy vintage after vintage over a long period of time, somebody is going to notice. And they will tell their friends. And their friends will tell their friends. Then a wine critic or magazine will run with it. Eventually the wines sell out and the rest is history until the next vintage. At least that’s how it appears to be with Mr. Pernot, because his Bourgogne blanc delivers vintage after vintage, and by pricing it where he does, he’s doing us all a huge solid!

The 2012 vintage in Burgundy, according to Clive Coates MW, is “a vintage for the long term, but a pretty good one.” Keeping with that advice, it would NOT be wise to pop your 2012 Montrachets, Meursaults, nor Bâtards, but as far as Bourgogne blancs go, it’s open season. Pernot’s 2012 Bourgogne blanc is another shining example as to why these wines are super bargains. The aromas are rich with ripe, fleshy yellow fruit, a floral hint, and a kiss of mineral and spices. On the palate, it has depth, a medium body, round displays of citrus and stone fruits, and just enough acidity to keep all the complexity dancing ’til the party’s over. The finish is crisp and mineral laden. Bravo, Paul. You did it again!

Happy Sunday! It’s a good day to rest. My crazy month of January, and all its festivity, is almost over. I spent yesterday flying to and from LA for the UGC Bordeaux trade tasting, so look out, I’ve got Bordeaux on the brain! The 2011 vintage produced many fine wines, and I’ll be telling you all about that in the days to come. All good things in time, as whenever we get new wines from Paul Pernot, we just can’t help writing about them!
– Peter Zavialoff

Please feel free to email me with questions or comments on Bourgogne blanc, the 2011 UGC Bordeaux tasting, or this week’s madness in English Football: peter.winehouse@sbcglobal.net

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