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

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

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Terrific from start to finish, this white starts out with lime blossom, apple, citronella and mineral aromas and flavors. Creamy yet fluid, intense yet airy, with harmony and a long aftertaste of citrus and stone.

Drink Dates: 2016-2026
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. The Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon 2011 from Anne-Claude Laflaive has convincing pedigree on the nose: fine minerality here and impressive delineation, touches of slate unfurling in the glass. The palate has a slightly honeyed entry and it is more exotic than the nose suggests with hints of orange rind and sour lemon dovetailing into lively chalky textured finish. This has great potential, so I would cellar for 2 or 3 years if you can resist.

Drink Dates: 2016-2035
Author: Neal Martin


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

(like the Meursault, this was bottled in mid-May): Pale, green-tinged yellow. Reticent but pure aromas of lemon peel, mirabelle , orange flower and stone. Supple, lush and pure, with a fine grain to the flavors of white peach and spices. Finishes dry and long, with enough acidity to maintain its shape. Will this close down in bottle or will it always be delicious?

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 170

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating:
Author: Wingman
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 03/02/2013
Drink Dates: 2014-2016

Average rating: 93, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

164 bottles owned by 38 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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