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Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy wine Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
Domaine Leflaive
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
Les Combettes
Notations : 
  • Robert Parker : 91-93 points
  • Stephen Tanzer : 93 points
176.00 €
White wine
0,75 L
Area : Bourgogne
Name : Puligny-Montrachet
Type : White wine
Grape variety : Chardonnay
Structure : Complex, Deep, Finesse, Length, Mineral, Powerful, Silky
Families of flavor : Citrus fruits, Flowers, Fresh fruits, Minerals, Stones
Conservation : A maturité 2020-2030
Temperature of service : 11°
Mets/Wines agreements : Coquilles St Jacques gratinées, Filet de Saint-Pierre, Risotto aux fruits de mer
Capacity : Bottle (0,75 L)
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Description :
Lovely lift and verve to the ripe pear and floral aromas. Deep, ripe and quite rich, with strong but well-integrated acidity nicely buffered by the wine's solid extract. Offers hints of lemon and orange as it opens in the glass. A rather powerful wine,

Domaine Leflaive

Vin du Domaine Leflaive  

There have been Leflaives in the region since 1580, but the first traces of Domaine Leflaive emerged when Claude Leflaive came to live in the domaine’s present buildings in 1717. At that time they had some 5 hectares of vines. The domaine itself was created by Anne-Claude’s grandfather Joseph, who came to Burgundy in 1905 after the failure of an unsuccessful business venture, and an adventurous life which included a period in Indochina, and being one of the engineers who built the first French submarine.

Over the next few years, with the price of vineyards at an historical low after the devastation caused by phylloxera, he was able to buy 25 hectares of vines and a number of buildings in Puligny. When Joseph died in 1953, the running of the domaine was taken on by his sons Joseph-Régis and Vincent. They did not live in Puligny, but visited regularly, particularly of course at harvest time.

After some time abroad, Anne-Claude returned to take an active interest in the domaine. She took full control on the death of her father in 1993, since when the quality of the wines has improved consistently.

Le Montrachet lying across the middle of the Grand Cru hillside, below Chevalier and above Bâtard, with quite deep soil containing a level of manganese which gives tremendous mineral complexity to the wine. Leflaive’s Montrachet should, without exception, be kept for a minimum of 15 years before drinking.

Chevalier Montrachet, at the top of the hillside, these vines are at an altitude of around 250m in very poor, chalky soil. The south-east exposure is superb: finesse and elegance are the hallmarks of this great vineyard.

Bâtard Montrachet, like Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet, Bâtard lies at the base of the Grand Cru hillside, where the soil is deeper than higher up the slope. On slightly heavier soil than Bienvenues, the wine is opulent and powerful, but always with a very fine structure of acidity to maintain its elegance.

Vin Bourgogne Domaine Leflaive  

Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet, a small enclave at the northern end of Bâtard Montrachet, the aeration of the soil is extremely important here to combat the higher humidity. At 48 years of age, the vines are the domaine’s oldest, and produce wine of tremendous finesse and length.

Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes, the most northerly of the Premiers Crus, Combettes abuts Meursault and produces wines that are rounded and plump in style.

Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles, the closest in quality to Grand Cru of all the Premiers Crus, as the Pucelles vineyard is separated from the Grand Cru Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet by nothing more than a narrow road. The wine is characterised by its complexity, finesse and length.

Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières, the highest of the Domaine’s Premier Cru vineyard sites, with very shallow, chalky soil. The wines of Folatières are remarkable for their great finesse and mineral structure.

Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon, a slightly lower-lying easterly continuation of Folatières with deep, though still stony, soil. Clavoillon gives density, depth and power, and in recent years has been producing wines of quite exceptional quality.

Notes de dégustation

Robert Parker : 91-93 points
"The 2014 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Combettes is much more expressive on the nose, doling out pressed yellow flower scents and apricot blossom -- a very come-hither nose. The palate is very well balanced, lively in the mouth, edgy compared to the Folatières with a primal finish. There is just a touch of shrillness on the aftertaste, but that should dissipate by the time of bottling and leave a very fine Puligny Combettes that should age with style."

Stephen Tanzer : 93 points
"Bright, pale yellow. Riper and more expressive on the nose than the Folatières, with apricot and peach aromas lifted by minerality. In a distinctly richer, sweeter, more open-knit style than the Folatières in the middle palate, showing a strong spice character and a firm mineral underpinning. Turns considerably tighter on the long back end, finishing saline, vibrant and very dry. This has outstanding potential."

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