2009 Leflaive (Domaine) - Puligny-Montrachet 750ml

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WS 90   BH 87-90   IWC 89   WA 88   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Bursting with lime and floral aromas and flavors, this sleek, vibrant white shows fine intensity and harmony. Hints of mineral and a chalklike texture grace the finish.

Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Author: Bruce Sanderson

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Burghound | Rating: 87-90

No review available

Drink Dates: 2014+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 43

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

Pale, green-tinged yellow. Peach, flowers and hazelnut on classic Puligny nose. Then sweet and fruity in the mouth, with very ripe stone fruit flavors complicated by hints of honey and menthol. The dusty, slightly aggressive finish displays excellent density and an intriguing flinty character. Boasts impressive volume for village wine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 158

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

The 2009 Puligny Montrachet comes across as a bit more taut than the Bourgogne. It shows good depth and minerality in a slightly lean, and surprisingly inward style for the year. This is a pretty, understated wine, but there is little of the radiance or exuberance of the year in the glass. The Puligny-Montrachet is made from a number of parcels in the villages that are vinified and aged separately and blended prior to blending.

Drink Dates: 2012+
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 196

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: Andre L593
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/08/2011
On the nose, powerful notes of smoke, oak spice, stone and white flowers. On the palate, more of a lemon curd, cream and wet stone driven flavor profile than one driven by fruit. If I had to pin down any fruit flavors, white peach and semi-ripe pineapple come to mind. Overall, a very tight fisted, well-structured and moderately powerful wine that combines power, delicacy and crystalline flavors. A little sleepy time in the cellar would do this wine some good.

Rating: 90
Author: Adrian W
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/14/2013
Drink Dates: 2012-2016
Explosive aromas of flora and pear. Quite ripe, sweet palate with intense flavors buffered by adequate acidity. Utterly delicious and superb for a village level wine.

Rating: 89
Author: Jeannie L
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 09/10/2011
Drink Dates: 2012-2018
First nose of honeysuckle flower, pear, lemon curd and some oak. Palate is medium to full bodied with the same floral and pear notes as well as a good mineral quality. The acidity is a bit firm so could do with another year of cellaring as well as to integrate the oak notes.

Rating: 85
Author: cmpnz
Tasted On: 09/07/2011
Nose starts out with smoky, stony high notes, deepens quickly into apples sauteed in butter, fresh apricots, and a hint of tropical fruits. Quite closed on the palate, fruit is hiding, stony minerality, oak and alcohol are in front, decant or hold 2 years.

Average rating: 88, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

235 bottles owned by 31 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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