Robert Parker 89
I have not tasted the 2003 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon for a number of years, but looking back, perhaps I was a bit mean in my evaluation. It handles the warmth of that infamous season capably on the nose with light honeysuckle and waxy aromas (not unlike the Nuits Saint Georges Clos de l’Arlot Blanc 2007 tasted alongside.) The palate is medium-bodied with commendable acidity and it comes across more like a very decent Sonoma Chardonnay than Puligny-Montrachet. That’s not a criticism, rather an observation. Drink over the next 4 or 5 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2021
Exuberant and very expressive complex white flower and ripe orchard fruit aromas combine with round, rich and mouth coating flavors that are impressively concentrated while carrying a subtle minerality and fine length. This is not an especially elegant wine but there is good volume and a delicious finish. This will be approachable young.