2011 Leflaive (Domaine) - Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 1er Cru 750ml

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

BH 91-94   WS 94   IWC 92+   WA 92  
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Burghound | Rating: 91-94

A broad-ranging nose is comprised of honeysuckle, anise, clove, lemongrass, brioche and pear. There is an appealing sense of volume to the beautifully delineated, serious, textured and energetic flavors that are both classy and stylish, all wrapped in a hugely long yet impeccably balanced finish where a touch of wood influence surfaces. A classic Pucelles of generosity and refinement that should amply reward up to a decade of cellaring.

Drink Dates: 2019+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 51

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

This bright version evokes lime blossom, apple, hazelnut and stone notes. Lean and athletic, presenting a firm yet refined structure and a long finish of citrus and mineral. The oak is beautifully integrated.

Drink Dates: 2016-2026
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92+

Slightly high-toned aromas of orange blossom, lemon and white flowers. Juicy, intense and youthfully taut, showing a lovely balance of sweetness and acidity to its flavors of citrus fruit, jasmine and honeysuckle. This very firm, penetrating wine is more about high notes than earth. Finishes pure and long, with a firm mineral edge that will require substantial cellaring. Wonderfully gripping for the vintage, and clearly picked on the early side.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 170

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. The Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles 2011 is rather muted on the nose and remains very reticent. There are light dewy green-apple scents that begin to appear, but it is very stubborn. The palate is crisp and taut on the entry: quite grassy with green apple and kiwi fruit, segueing toward a balanced but tightly wound finish that needs another couple of years to unwind. This is very classy and should age with style.

Drink Dates: 2014-2028
Author: Neal Martin


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Average rating: 93, based on 4 reviews
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160 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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