(tasted from tank and filtered the day before my visit; from vines between 45 and 75 years of age; done in a blend of stainless steel and 400-liter barrels, none new): Light-medium yellow. Very precise nose dominated by iodiney minerality. Very concentrated, fine-grained and firm, conveying a youthful austerity to its savory peach and mineral flavors. Really spreads out to saturate the palate and pique the salivary glands. In the classic closed style of the domain; very long and in need of aging. This wine, which was scheduled to be bottled in November, comes from the top and middle of the hillside, and Palthey uses a blend of containers to get more complexity. The yield in 2016 was between 40 and 45 hectoliters per hectare. I'd give this at least two or three years in bottle before pulling the cork; it should last for another decade after that.
This is a level beyond even Bonhomme’s great Vire-Clesse VV, not to mention better than most Meursault, Pulgy and Chassagne premier crus.