In a nutshell: Elegant, layered and vibrant Côte de Beaune white Burgundy.
The lowdown: Patrick Miolane's estate is based in the neighbouring village of Saint-Aubin, but from his small parcel of vines in Puligny-Montrachet he produces a very stylish wine indeed. The fruit is from vines over half a century old and which have an excellent mineral structure and real vibrancy of flavour. Half of the wine is matured in tank and half in oak barrels, 20% of which are new. The aromas that hit you are of ripe apples and pears while on the palate, balanced against the tangy crispness, it's round, generous and full with a touch of delicacy that lingers long right up to the finish.
When to drink: A wine very light on its feet, but with all the classic Puligny character. Fillet of sea bass, or similar is just the ticket here.
Patrick Miolane has been running his family's estate, based in the Côte de Beaune village of Saint-Aubin, since 1983 when he took over aged just 20 and was joined in the enterprise by his daughter, Barbara, in 2005. Barbara looks after the winery and commercial affairs while her dad is in charge of the vineyards. They have 9 hectares of vines mainly in Saint-Aubin which they are most closely associated with and further vineyards in the neighbouring communes of Chassagne-Montrachet and Pulingy-Montrachet. As is the norm in this part of Burgundy Chardonnay forms the biggest proportion of their plantings, but they also produce some excellent reds as well.
The whole estate is worked on lutte raisonée principles, that's to say in a sustainable manner with chemical treatments being minimised as much as possible. Herbicides are not used on their soils and the vines themselves are very carefully looked after. Shoot removal is assiduously carried out thorough the summer to keep yields in check and harvesting each year is held back until ripening is complete.