2012 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet ‘Les Folatières’ 1er Cru


The roots of the Leflaive family go back to 1717 when Claude Leflaive took up residence in Puligny-Montrachet, intent upon cultivating several acres of vineyards. The domaine, in its present form, was created by Joseph Leflaive between the years of 1910 and 1930, as a result of his successive purchases of vineyards and houses.
Today, the domaine extends over 24 hectares (59.3 acres) in Puligny-Montrachet, of which 4.8 hectares (11.9 acres) are grands crus and 10.8 hectares (26.7 acres) are premiers crus, all growing one varietal: Chardonnay. Since 2004 the domaine has expanded into the Mâconnais and cultivates some 20 hectares 49.4 acres) in Mâcon-Verzé and Solutré-Pouilly.

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91 Points Allen Meadows
A smoky and overtly ripe yet very fresh nose exhibits a pretty combination of white peach, apricot, anise and citrus blossom scents. There is ample mineral influence to the well-detailed and caressing medium-bodied flavors that possess both excellent volume and intensity that manifests itself on the clean, dry and lingering finish. This is presently quite compact and this will clearly need time to develop and unwind.

91-93 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2012 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres has slightly less new oak than the Clavoillon at approximately 20% of the blend. It has a more intense bouquet compared to the Clavoillon, with lovely almond and fume scents, almost like a Meursault Perrieres in style. The palate is medium-bodied with a sorbet-like freshness on the entry. This is a very pretty, more expressive premier cru from Anne-Claude that builds towards the orange zest and lemon peel infused finish. Excellent.

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