“Something almost ravishing about these wines”: 2017 Perrot-Minot

Posted on: 08/1/19 2:01 PM

I remain bullish on Perrot-Minot. Yes, they occupy the top end of the “luxury game” in Burgundy these days and are priced as such. Nonetheless, Christophe produces wines that are the exception to the rule: fleshy, flashy, luxuriant and supple, and yet honest, terroir-driven and focused. There aren’t many people who can pull this feat off. And yet he does, with aplomb. This is no small feat.

What follows is from last year’s offer: Perrot-Minot occupies a strange space in the world of Burgundy these days. Simply put, Christophe is producing some of the very best, most intense, suave, rich and sultry wines in all of Burgundy. And yet, there is still a pall over the Domaine here in the States. The shadow cast by his youthful exuberance and overreliance on extraction and new oak to wow the palate of an influential point-slinger is long. But, and this bears repeating, he has long ago stepped out into the light.

The wines today are flat out exceptional, the greatness of which is nearly impossible to deny. Yes, there is concentration still, but not overextraction. And oak? Try 20% new across the board. The yields are indeed small and the vineyards are pushed to produce concentrated wines, but their expression is undeniably pure, and remarkably satisfying.

The critics have been gushing their praise over the past few vintages. I think Neal Martin captures the Domaine’s style well:

“There is a signature style to Perrot-Minot’s wines that I find throughout recent vintages: almost flamboyant and sensual aromatics, often a little confit-like in nature, smooth textures, sumptuous style, ripe, luxuriant finishes. That is no different in 2017. There is something almost ravishing about these wines …” – Neal Martin

These are unapologetically sexy, sultry wines that are deeply attractive. They cannot fail but impress.

2017 Bourgogne Rouge
2017 Gevrey Chambertin
2017 Morey St Denis “en la Rue de Vergy” 
2017 Vosne Romanee 
2017 Morey St Denis 1er cru La Riotte 
2017 Vosne Romanee 1er cru Beaux Monts
2017 Nuits St Georges 1er cru Richemone Vignes Centenaire Cuvee Ultra
2017 Charmes Chambertin 
2017 Chapelle Chambertin 
2017 Mazoyeres Chambertin 
2017 Chambertin Clos de Beze
2017 Chambertin

Posted in Burgundy List By Ian Halbert