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2006 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru “Les Champs-Gains”, Domaine Potinet-Ampeau – Not really my thing

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This 1er Cru “Les Champs-Gains” by domaine Potinet-Ampeau is not really my kind of  White Burgundy. Not only is it overly oaked, but it is also oaked in a style that is particularly off putting. Not reminding butter or vanilla (which are the usual oak overdose tones) but rather some kind of dusty grey wood – made me think of the odd smell of scaffolding planks, of mold and dust. Well, quite unusual, and maybe as appealing to some as is the “wet sock” smell in some Vins Naturels, but it also covered up any type of charm or finesse the wine might have.

And it did have some charm underneath, I am quite sure. It showed through after 2 or 3 days in the open bottle.  A good weight, some nice apple and lemon zest fruit with a good acidity kick. But after each sip, the wood-plank effect came back and I I simply couldn’t blank it out.

Am I to harsh here? Well, as always, it is also a matter of personal taste. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any other opinion about this wine but the retailer’s praise. Paradoxally the retailer described the nose as having an incredibly “dirty” minerality and insinuated “cult wine” potential. Funny how different perceptions can be. Well, maybe it’s just a cult wine in a weird phase. Would be great to have another opinion.

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  1. Vimpressionniste Said,

    Must be so cult that no one’s ever tasted it :)
    “Dirty minerality”… some retailers will say anything to unload those less desirable vintages!

  2. Blindtaster Said,

    Secret secret tipp! ;) But seriously, another opinion would be helpful. Who knows, “maybe it was just me..”

  3. Harper Said,

    Hallo,

    schöne Seite hier. Kam die Empfehlung von Pd.P? “Dreckige Mineralität” ist doch eine der in der dortigen Reklame so gerne gebrauchten Worthülsen.

    Grüße
    Harper

  4. Blindtaster Said,

    Ähem :P Scharf beobachtet, Harper! In der Tat, der war von PdP. Will hier aber keinen Weinhändler verunglimpfen, deswegen: Ich hatte auch schon viele sehr gute Flaschen von PdP! ;)
    Und vielen Dank für die Blumen. Freut mich, wenn die Seite gefällt. Schöne Grüße zurück.

  5. Harper Said,

    Hallo,

    auch ich schätze das hochwertige Sortiment des Anbieters. Nur kommen mir die Werbetexte in einer derart aufgedonnerten Rhetorik daher, dass ich ihren Inhalt eigentlich nicht ernst nehmen kann. Vielen Dank hier auch noch für den klasse Bericht von der mainzer Weinmesse.

    Grüße
    Harper

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