2015 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet A.C

SKU #1329117 90-93 points Wine Spectator

 No tasting note given.  (2/2017)

92 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Puligny villages from the domaine is really excellent and reminds me very much of the 1992 version in its youth. The bouquet is pure, complex and very expressive, wafting from the glass in a blend of pear, delicious apple, spring flowers, a touch of crème patissière and a fine base of chalky soil tones. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very suave on the attack, with a fine core, bright, zesty acids and lovely cut and mineral drive on the long and classy finish. Just a delicious bottle. 2016-2035.  (1/2017)

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A pretty and airy nose offers up notes of apple, pear, acacia blossom and both lemon and orange peel scents. There is once again fine volume and intensity to the medium-bodied flavors that possess markedly better complexity on the notably tighter finish that is shaped by moderately firm citrus-tinged acidity.  (6/2017)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Puligny Montrachet Village represents a step up in terms of complexity this year from the Bourgogne Blanc (occasionally, they can be close in terms of quality, not this year, however). It offers scents of cold limestone, touches of apple peeling and a hint of struck flint. The palate is well balanced with green apple, freshly sliced pear and a touch of salinity towards the elegant finish. It might miss the tension of the 2014, but it should offer plenty of drinking pleasure over the next 4-6 years. (NM)  (12/2016)

90 points Vinous

 Very pale yellow. Expressive aromas of pineapple, peach and flowers. Silky, full, classically dry village wine with a very ripe fruit character leavened by harmonious acidity. A bit less refined than the young 2016 version, finishing dustier and more phenolic, with very good length. (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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.