2015 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Folatieres"

SKU #1329116 92-95 points Wine Spectator

 No tasting note given.  (2/2017)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A riper but still quite fresh nose displays notes of white peach, floral, citrus and a whiff of the exotic. Yet again there is excellent volume to the sappy mouth coating flavors that also exude evident minerality on the lingering and well-balanced finish that isn't quite as firm or complex. Still this is certainly promising and should reward mid-term cellaring.  (6/2017)

92 points John Gilman

 Monsieur Remy noted that the Folatières was picked just ahead of the Clavoillon this year, which may explain this wine’s slightly superior cut and grip on the backend. The bouquet is pure and utterly classic in its mélange of apple, white peach, hints of the pastry cream to come,. Chalky soil tones, beeswax, apple blossoms and discreet vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very elegant in profile, with fine mid-palate depth, bright acids and lovely length and grip on the vibrant finish. Lovely juice. 2016-2035.  (1/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières offers that trademark struck-flint tincture that one often finds with Leflaive's wines. Very good tension here, if not the most intense aromas on the block. The palate is well balanced with a sense of "rondeur" on the entry. This feels caressing in the mouth: hints of white peach, white pepper and a spicy, almost fiery finish that lingers. I can envisage this drinking early, but it has the substance to give a dozen years of pleasure. What you might call a "sunny" Puligny. (NM)  (12/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Pale, bright yellow. Riper and more open-knit on the nose than the Combettes, displaying lovely floral lift to its yellow fruit and spicy oak flavors. The smoothest of these 2015s to this point, showing a restrained sweetness and ripe framing acidity to its peach and pineapple flavors. A stony underpinning gives this very suave wine an impression of power to go with its balance. Tightens up on the end, but I suspect the Combettes will enjoy a longer life in bottle, as this wine seems to be lower in acidity. (ST)  (9/2017)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

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.