EP 986 Puligny Montrachet Tasting

Gary Vaynerchuk talks about his love of White Burgundies, specifically the wines of Puligny-Montrachet. He tastes 3 different Pulignys and shares his thoughts on them.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2008 Dujac Fils Pere Puligny MontrachetPuligny Montrachet
2008 Larue Le Trezin Puligny MontrachetPuligny Montrachet
2008 Paul Pernot Puligny Montrachet Les PucellesPuligny Montrachet

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Line of the day – ‘I could literally sit here and sniffy sniff this wine all night long.

I really enjoyed this episode as GV got a little serious as well as exploding with his normal enthusiasm.

Tags: burgundy, French, Puligny Montrachet, review, Video, white, wine, wines

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    Make it Italian for me

  • QATD: Gary, I don’t know what you think of the movie “Bottle Shock”, as I know a lot of people are quick to point out some grave inaccuracies and misrepresentations, but it really inspired me to check out California again. A lot of my wine training has been centered around Italy and France, for good reason of course, but I’m looking foward to a trip to Napa next month even more because of that movie.

  • Randall

    It’s a very rare varietal only planted in the San Jose area…

  • Anonymous

    that was an interesting finish
    i like italian wines like from 2003 2004 i have been drinking alot and buying. but nebbiolo does for me what that white wine did for you

  • Anonymous

    Could have been a lot longer but her niece interrupted us 🙂


    “Love me with your head and heart
    love me from the place it starts…..”


    GAS – I – LINE



  • Anonymous

    Longest QOTD ever. You lost me Gary about half way through that neck thing…

  • Started to cook more and gotten really good at it lately.

  • Anonymous

    I wish I got to drink more Montrachets! Usually only get sips at tastings since they’re pretty pricey, in general.

    QOTD: Easily pinot noir. It’s a category I got highly frustrated with because I felt that the prices were out of control, and I still think they are, but I was exposed to Oregon in a big way, and loved it. I will definitely be drinking more pinots, especially from Oregon, even if it’s a bit expensive.

  • TheSmirkingLurker


    Holy Christmas! 95+ points!!!!!!!!!! 1.21 Gigawatts!!!!

    Holy Hanukkah!

    No suckage here.


  • Randall

    Prosecco always a “go to” with sushi. Also… Vinho Verde! The spritziness and lemon/mineral plays from the VV only seem to make that sushi POP! Cheers!

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Spyro Gyra. I haven’t listened to them for a bit and recently heard a song and now I’m listening to their Road Scholars album again. VERY good jazz, at least for my ears.

    Phil Anderson

  • DaveAll

    Back to the classic shows! love it. This is a good region for wine.
    ha. still sour over “that” episode? haha. get over it. we are. just don’t do it again. hahahaha
    Banana? wow. never found that before, can’t wait to find it.
    QotD: King’s Speech, last night. I realize I can still be King. I’m rrrrrrr- ready.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: I realized that I need to become more educated in RED Burgundy lately due to the massive amounts of study done on the area and the tremendous quality and complexity.

  • Randall

    p.s. KMurph did the drawing on the chalkboard?

  • Anonymous

    Well, the answer to QOTD is simply watching an ep’ of Wine Library. I’m an old school Vayniac (proud owner of the 1st gen’ wristband with the cruddy transfer logo) but dropped by the wayside for a couple of hundred shows. Just picked up on this one and figure that I wanna hang a while and share in the build-up to 999. To tell the truth, I never actually commented since the switch to the ‘new’ signing in system in which I lost my original username (Antony). Anyhow, great to see you riding high in the thunder saddle BUT have you done any shows about Beaujolais 2009? I’m not sure you have and for me, this is biggest story about. What’s happening? I know you and the high rollers you hang with these days probably consider Beaujolais kids stuff but for me the 09 is redonkulous deliciousness at a nice affordable price 😉

  • Gary, or others.. I LOVE white burg, but have not had too much outside of premium restaurants where we’ve gone on expense accounts. Is there an entry level (price) option here?

    QOTD: hanging out in the Vaniacs wine forums

  • Anonymous

    QOTD wine: I generally pick the wine to open with dinner at home. I like seeing my husband’s reactions to the sniffy sniff and sippy sip. The other day he gave a big WOW to a Teraldego. We have had it before but not recently. It reminded me why I bought more.

    QOTD food: beef

    QOTD life: running; I exercise a lot but I needed to boost my routine. I don’t run much but I’ve been jogging a little (20 minutes +) on the gym’s treadmill before or after the workout I already had planned.

  • Thanks for reviewing the Paul Pernot, I bought an 06 Pernot, Les Pucelles about three years ago for my girlfriend’s birthday but ended saving it till this January. It could have lasted a lot more, but 3 years was a long time to wait when you have a short collection of great wines. We loved it and now I’m curious as to how the vintage you tasted is like. I think that pretty much sums up my QOTD because now I feel like trying more of the PP’s and that’s def not a good projeciton for the middle class income. I think sometimes you have to try something you know you’ll love even if that means it’s out of the value range, it reaffirms the passion that started it all.

  • Leatherpalate

    What’s ” poo ray” ?

    Honestly, appreciating everyone in my life and letting them know it.

  • Christopher Dickens

    First 95+ pointer I’ve ever seen here, and it’s a 90 bones bottle. Time to shake the loose change out of the laundry, car, sofa, kids pockets…

  • Anonymous

    California Syrah: Wind Gap Sonoma coast, ( although you didn’t like it I get absolute bacon fat on this) and Arnot Roberts made me reexamine Syrah! Nice show and stop doing Burgundy. Its too expensive already, you are making it worse for us.

  • Anonymous

    For the price point, I rarely dive into the white burgs. Your first two are a great example.

    QOTD: Beaujolais. 2009 has re-opened my eyes to just how good and versatile they can be when done right in a solid vintage.

  • QOTD – Tried a Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Cabernet ’07 and realized that I am not doing NEARLY enough on the WA wine front. I’m told that Ste. Michelle is not even the best that’s out there, so this should be exciting.

  • John__J

    That’s cool, similar thing happened to me on facebook recently.
    If you guys get together you should share a bottle of murlow.

  • Yesss! I’m with you. Those guys definitely make some eye opening stuff. Have you tasted any of the Copain Syrahs?

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Blind tastings. A bunch of us put together a blind Pinot Noir tasting a couple of months ago. Need to do more; let the wine speak, not the label.

    The white Burg brought back a memory of a tasting I attended in about 1980 or ’81. It paired different grapes from around the world. There was a Puligny Montrachet vs. a Mondavi Reserve Chard (possibly ’77 or ’78). What made it memorable was the Mondavi making to Puligny taste like flavored water. It was possibly the biggest Chardonnay I ever tasted.

  • John__J

    Good timing, cuz I’m hearing the ’08’s are a benchmark year.

  • John__J

    What the hell is a giagawatts!!!

  • John__J

    Venedo de los Vientos from Uruguay makes a stellar late harvest tannat called “Alcyone”, I recommend seeking out if you don’t mind a hedonistic sweet wine. It’s got a nose screaming of chocolate. Kind of picture a Banyuls on steroids.

    Also for my money Tokaji is really hard to beat. You can get 5 and 6 puttonyos Tokaji in 500ml that destroy the q.p.r. of most Sauternes. Most have razor sharp acidity too that balances that sweetness and keeps it from being cloying. And of course that acid always helps carry it to a long finish

  • Excellent episode Gary, hope your neck feels better soon!

    QOTD: Two things spring to mind. One was “discovering” Burgundy wines at the Wine & Spirits Top 100 (thanks to you!) though unfortunately now I know what Burgundy can taste like at the $300 price point. Second was my first meal at the French Laundry in 10 years. Forgot what food delivers at that level!

  • Going to Bern’s is on my list of things to do in 2011!

  • John__J

    If anyone thinks ’09 Beaujolais Cru is kid stuff, they’ve got no idea what they’re missing. I’ve been trying to get my hands on all the non Jadot and DeBouef ’09 Beaujolais Cru’s I can. Absolute dynamite values.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Re-examining Champagnes and Sparkling wines. Didn’t have to twist my arm for that one. Also more Italian wines, Barbera, Dolcetto and Brunellos.

  • Indeed had some great Beaujolais over last few months (again because of GV)!

  • Count me in too!! This wine bring serious savory thunder and was a big eye opener for me as well!! Have some Copain but haven’t opened yet.

  • John__J

    Like Gary’s said before I think, you can get some really good values out of the St. Aubin Burgundy appellation

  • Anonymous

    GV: Why is Puligny so inexpensive? I realize these are not cheap wines, but relative to the competition they seem underpriced. Pulignys are a fraction of the cost of the Grand Cru Montrachets, priced similarly to Chassagnes, Meurseaults and Premier Cru Chablis (less than Grand Cru Chablis), and even some Pouilly Fuisse, St. Aubin, Auxey-Duresses and even big name St. Veran are creeping into the range of Puligny pricing. My experience is that on the whole, I am usually more happy with Puligny than either Chassagne or Meurseault (Chablis is so different that it may not be a fair comparison), and when one finds a great Puligny like the Pernot you drank today, it is on par with a Batard or Chevalier costing at least twice as much. While Puligny is my overall favorite from that region of Burgundy, and I know a number of people who feel the same way, it seems like Puligny is the Rodney Dangerfield of white Burgundy. I’m not complaining, but wonder if there is a reason for this?

  • If they can catch me first….. 😉

  • Who knew that I would have 2 beatings tonight? Heathens and Libertines the both of ya…

    Wenches indeed.

  • Randall

    …and That is what I’m looking for in a white dessert wine!

    p.s. Thanks for the Alcyone recommendation.

  • I’m liking the fun facts in the beginning.

  • Actually, looking at the Archives GV liked the Wind Gap Syrah, it was the Chardonnay that didn’t score as well.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: 1991 Lopez de Heredia Todonia Blanco Reserva literally changed how I look at white wine. Prior to this experience, I thought of white wine as thin, not particularly interesting, and lacking the depth of flavors that one gets in red wine. This wine was an epiphany, a divine manifestation of what kinds of crazy, beautiful flavors can be found in white wine.

    Great show. Can’t afford Puligny Montrachet on my $10-$15 btl budget, but I’ll get there one day.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Balanced Oregon and Sonoma Pinot Noir. I’ve shied away for a little, but after some Selyem’s and Domaine Serene it’s just time to treat yourself more regularly….like a massage in fact.

  • Over the weekend I sampled an 01′ Puligny Montrachet with “Chicken N Waffles” (For those who don’t know that’s fried chicken and waffles with maple syrup)….it’s a must try!

    QOTD: I recently tasted a NZ Sauvignon Blanc with JALAPENO POPPERS and found the pairing to be incredible. I’ve somewhat stirred clear of NZSB because I feel the market is so over-saturated with them. But the pairing was so incredible that it made me re-think how wonderful NZSB works with food!



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