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2013 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Pucelles"

SKU #1224169 95 points John Gilman

 Given the inherently elegant profile of the best wines of 2013, I was not surprised to find the Domaine Leflaive Pucelles to be utterly in its element in this vintage and a stunning young wine. The magical bouquet offers up a youthful blend of delicious apple, pear, lemon, spring flowers, a beautifully refined base of chalky soil, citrus zest and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and utterly seamless, with outstanding mid-palate depth, bright acids and a very long, youthful and electric finish. A magical young wine. (Drink between 2021-2050)  (11/2014)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A strikingly elegant nose presents a broad range of yellow and white orchard fruits with ample honeysuckle, spice, lilac and citrus nuances. The mouth feel of the medium-bodied flavors is notably finer and wonderfully seductive before concluding in a palate coating, saline and linear finish that possesses superb depth and length. Like the Combettes this is clearly built-to-age and while it will certainly be capable of rewarding longer-term cellaring it should be approachable after only 6 to 8 years. *Outstanding*  (6/2015)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow. Aromas of oily yellow peach, pear, white flowers and flinty minerality. Sweet, intense and fine-grained, with harmonious acidity and a firm spine of minerality giving energy and finesse to the middle palate. Best today on the rising, resounding finish. (ST)  (9/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Pucelles has more precision and detail than the 2013 Puligny Clavoillon, with hints of pine and undergrowth flanking the citrus fruit and slate aromas. The palate is crisp and fresh with a fine line of acidity, nicely balanced with hints of white peach and nectarine towards the composed and still quite saline finish. Classy and refined. (NM)  (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale gold. Richer, sweeter on the nose than the Iona Chardonnay 2015 served alongside. Chunky, chalky, even a little clunky next to the Iona! Very obviously bone dry. Very youthful and drier-tasting than the Iona.  (5/2016)

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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.


- 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.


- 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.
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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.