2009 Leflaive (Domaine) - Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 1er Cru 750ml

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

WA 93+   BH 91-93   IWC 93   WS 92   JR 18  
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 93+

The 2009 Puligny-Montrachet Pucelles emerges from the glass with crystalline purity in its finely chiseled fruit. It possesses striking mid-palate energy and focus, with sweet floral notes that add lift on the finish. This is a marvelously symmetrical, well-balanced wine loaded with sheer class and personality. Best of all, the Pucelles offers tremendous potential for the future.

Drink Dates: 2015+
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 196

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Burghound | Rating: 91-93

( from two very large parcels of vines totaling over 3 ha) No review available

Drink Dates: 2016+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 43 Burghound Selection Outstanding

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Medium yellow. Ripe stone fruit and honey on the nose. Fat and sweet but not quite as large-scaled as the Combettes, showing stone fruit and spice flavors. Best today on the insidiously long finish, which really saturates the palate with flavor. Plenty of verve here; still, I'd serve most of these 2009s a bit cooler than usual.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 158

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Enticing, with peach and pear flavors, tinged by oak spice. Refined and elegant, yet with intensity, followed by a soft finish.

Drink Dates: 2012-2020
Author: Bruce Sanderson

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

The first, going upwards, to exhibit the Leflaive trademark struck-match character on the nose. Very pure and bright fruit. Polished and bone dry and savoury. Already recognisable as a Leflaive wine even though there is lots of evolution to come. Quite dry and pure and majestic. Juicy.

Drink Dates: 2015-2023
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Average rating: 92, based on 5 reviews
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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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