2003 Leflaive (Domaine) - Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 1er Cru 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Beaune - Puligny Montrachet | Premier Cru/ White / Chardonnay   |     Watch

BH 88-91   WA 89-91   IWC 90   WS 90   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Burghound | Rating: 88-91

(from two very large parcels of vines totaling over 3 ha) Among the Leflaive 1ers, my usual preference is either for the Combettes or the Folatières but not in 2003 as the Pucelles is a really lovely and understated effort of sublime quality. A ripe but ultra pure nose of white flower and honeysuckle aromas leads to seductively textured, dense and sweet flavors that offer excellent detail and a somewhat reserved, beautifully long finish. This is the best of these 1ers and it too should benefit from a few years in bottle.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Issue: Issue 19 Burghound Selection Outstanding

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 89-91

Aromatically demure, the 2003 Puligny-Montrachet Pucelles (white) displays a supple, easygoing character. Harmonious, soft, and medium-bodied, this velvety-textured wine reveals minerals dusted with vanilla in its expressive character.

Drink Dates: 2005-2011
Author: Pierre Rovani
Issue: 158

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($175) Palish yellow color. Reticent aromas of orange oil and vanillin oak. Quite dry and reserved, with a fine-grained texture and notes of peach and flowers. This vineyard produces wine with delicate aromas and is always among the most affected by the bottling, notes Morey.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 122

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

A full-bore, opulent white, with vanilla pastry, apple tart, spice and citrus notes mingling in the creamy texture. There's a fresh quality here, along with intensity and length. It's a tad hot at this stage, but well-balanced for 2003.

Drink Dates: 2005-2010
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 90
Author: DrinkBeHappy
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 03/27/2014

Average rating: 90, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

157 bottles owned by 36 collectors.

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About This Producer


"If the blessed slopes of the Cote d'Or are home to the ultimate expression of Chardonnay, then Anne-Claude Leflaive could be regarded as the magician, some might use the word "shaman", who can conjure wine like no other from this propitious terroir." - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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