Paul Pernot, now in his 70s, began the domaine that carry his name in 1959. He started with about 10 hectares, most of which had been in the family for almost 200 years.
Paul and his sons, Paul and Michel, are probably second only to Domaine Leflaive in their dominance of Puligny Montrachet. They work 20 hectares of vineyards, of which 15 are in the commune of Puligny-Montrachet, including two grand crus – Bâtard Montrachet and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet, as well as four other top premieres crus: Les Champs-Canet; Les Folatières; Clos de La Garenne, and Les Pucelles. Less known are the domaine’s reds, all from very old vines - mainly because the tiny parcels each deliver only two to four barrels per vintage.
This fine domaine keeps tradition, in its best way, on top of its agenda. The wines reflect the potential of their origin. The wines are carefully made with minimal batonnage, and non, once the malolactic fermentation starts. The borgogne level wines are fermented in tank but all the higher appellations wines are fermented in barrel. No new oak is used for the regional and village wines. Premierescrus get about 30% new oak, and the grand crus between 40-50% depend on the vintage.
The wines are typically bottled in August, just before the next harvest with a fining and very light filtration.
The wines of Domaine Paul Pernot always deliver balance and purity.