| Vinous 89 points (Sep 2015)
(these vines were picked in early October, just before the big rain): Pale, bright yellow. Rather closed nose hints at lemon, dried fruits, almond, hazelnut and stone. Suave in texture but wound up in the early going, revealing little flesh or easy sweetness. Finishes with a touch of noble herbs and a suggestion of damp fern. Backward and a bit inscrutable today. Doesn’t seem to have quite the flavor development of the best 2013 crus at this address. Production here was relatively high in the context of the vintage as the later flowering was actually better than usual.
Wine Advocate 88 points (Dec 2014)
The 2013 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru la Garenne has a straightforward, wet stone/granitic bouquet that is reserved, but nicely defined. The palate is crisp on the entry with a pleasant saline touch revealed during the second half, alongside orange peel and a dash of spice. Nicely composed, this la Garenne should drink well over the next 8-10 years, but opt for the Champ Canet or Combettes if you seek something with a little more sophistication.