2014 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Pucelles"

SKU #1276251 92-95 points 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.  (6/2016)

91-93 points 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)  (12/2015)

92 points Vinous

 (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)  (9/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Lemon sherbet and high, cut-glass acidic shape. Far less smoky than their Folatières. Dry and leesy on the palate. (RH)  (1/2016)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


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Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.