2014 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Pucelles"
Allen Meadows - Burghound
An elegant and wonderfully layered nose consists of slightly more complex aromas of honeysuckle, citrus blossom, essence of pear, apple and a hint of wood toast. As is often the case the palate impression of the highly textured middle weight flavors is finer and more delicate than those of the Combettes, all wrapped in a tension-filled and lightly mineral-inflected finish that is an exercise in harmony and grace. Lovely.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Pucelles was showing some reduction on the nose when I tasted it from vat. The palate is also a little reduced, but there is good material here and there is precision towards the minerally finish; though what it needs to develop is just a touch more aftertaste. After three or four minutes, it does seem to find its voice and articulate the terroir, but my overriding impression is of a wine that will require 3-4 years in bottle. (NM)
(bottled eight days before my visit): Very pure aromas of peach, lemon cream and spices lifted by a floral topnote. More tightly wound than the Combettes but with terrific lemony cut giving the middle palate a sharply chiseled, airy feel. Very pure and clean on the back end, with brisk acidity extending the perfumed, floral finish. Showing less dimension today than the Combettes but this is still a bit compressed by the recent bottling. 92+ (ST)
Lemon sherbet and high, cut-glass acidic shape. Far less smoky than their Folatières. Dry and leesy on the palate. (RH)