2014 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet ‘Les Pucelles’ 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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92-95 Points Allen Meadows
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. *Outstanding*

95 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting, Leflaive’s 2014 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Pucelles, which was the first vintage not bottled under cork (Diam “D” to be exact), is quite closed on the bouquet with cold stone and sea cave aromas that blossom with time. The palate is well balanced with a very sappy entry, a fine line of acidity and a crisp, quite spicy and persistent finish. I just think this Caillerets is very backward at the moment and will have more to give once afforded 2-3 years in bottle. This is a scintillating Les Pucelles

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