Domaine Leflaive - Puligny-Montrachet

89 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
Domaine Leflaive - Puligny-Montrachet - 2018 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Domaine Leflaive - Puligny-Montrachet

89 points - The Wine Advocate
90 points - The Wine Advocate
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Lively and charming, Leflaive's 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Village delivers aromas of almond paste, fresh pastry, white flowers, and crisp orchard fruit. Medium to full-bodied, ample, and fleshy, it's succulent and expressive, with an open-knit core, lively acids, and a nicely defined finish.
Leflaive's 2016 Puligny-Montrachet Village is showing well, wafting from the glass with a fragrant bouquet of pink grapefruit, white peach, and spring flowers, complemented by a delicate touch of citrus blossom on the upper register. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with a glossy attack, good depth, and concentration and a bright but open knit, charming core, concluding with an elegantly saline finish. The wine's aromatic exotica mark it out as a product of its vintage, but it's a classy Puligny Village from this important Domaine.
The 2009 Puligny Montrachet comes across as a bit tauter 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 several parcels in the villages that are vinified and aged separately and blended prior to blending.
Type:
White
Country:
France
Region:
Burgundy
Appellation:
Puligny-Montrachet
Producer:
Domaine Leflaive
Grapes/Blend:
Chardonnay

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Domaine Leflaive, the most famous estate in Puligny-Montrachet, was founded in 1920 by Joseph Leflaive, an engineer in the marine engineering corps who helped to design and create...
Domaine Leflaive, the most famous estate in Puligny-Montrachet, was founded in 1920 by Joseph Leflaive, an engineer in the marine engineering corps who helped to design and create the first French submarine. Following his marriage to Camille Biétrix du Villars, his career took on a different path as he found himself looking after the family vines in Puligny-Montrachet. His sons, Vincent and Jo, made it their aim to bring the Côte de Beaune’s Chardonnay up to the highest rank of excellence.

Under the management of Joseph’s grand-daughter Anne-Claude Leflaive, who was at the helm between 1990 and 2015, the domaine became a leader in Burgundy’s biodynamic movement, with the whole property being converted in 1997.

“Before I had even heard of biodynamism, my instincts told me that whatever we do in our lives must be done with a respect for nature and the environment.” Anne-Claude Leflaive

Now run by her nephew, Brice de La Morandière, the wines of Lefliave continue to startle, delight and astonish all those who are lucky enough to be able to drink them.

Leflaive has 22 hectares of vineyards, including 10 hectares of Premier Cru and 5 hectares of Grand Cru sites.

“Anne Claude Leflaive was probably the most indomitable woman winemaker to have lived. Her passion – and occasionally dogma - can in no short measure be held responsible for the rise of biodynamics in vineyard management, the reduction in the use of pesticides in Burgundian farming, and the celebrity of the white wines of Burgundy. When she died in 2015, at tragically only 59 years old, the world of wine shed a tear.” Rod Smith MW

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The French Wine region of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) may be small in size, but its influence is huge in the world of vino. The complexity of Burgundy...

The French Wine region of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) may be small in size, but its influence is huge in the world of vino. The complexity of Burgundy can cast fear into the heart of even a seasoned wine pro, but fear not – the region need only be as complicated as you want it to be. Yes, it is home to some of the most expensive wines in the known universe, but there are also tasty and affordable wines.

Main grapes:

Pinot Noir originated in Burgundy and these vines cover 34% of the region, accounting for 29% of overall wine production. The red grape does extremely well in limestone and clay soil, which helps create their complexity. Pinot Noir wines from Burgundy range in colour from cherry to brick, are light in body, and typically have red fruit and spicy flavours. Gamay is a red grape also grown in Burgundy, but only makes up 10% of the vines.

Chardonnay is the primary grape for white wines in Burgundy, making up 48% of the vines and 68% of production. Chardonnay appreciates Burgundy’s marl soil, which gives it delicate floral, fruit, and mineral aromas and full-bodied flavours. Aligoté is the second white grape, accounting for 6% grown. {Read more about the ancient Aligoté grape in Burgundy.}

The region does produce a sparkling wine called Crémant de Bourgogne. It can be made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Aligoté, Gamay, Sacy, and Melon. Varieties include blanc, blanc de blancs, blanc de noirs, and rosé.

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Puligny-Montrachet

Puligny-Montrachet

Puligny-Montrachet is a small wine appellation located in the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy, France. The history of winemaking in this area dates back to the Roman...

Puligny-Montrachet is a small wine appellation located in the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy, France. The history of winemaking in this area dates back to the Roman times, and the appellation has been producing some of the finest white wines in the world for centuries.

The style of production in Puligny-Montrachet is focused on producing high-quality, elegant white wines that are known for their complexity, depth, and finesse. The appellation is known for its Chardonnay grapes, which are grown on the slopes of the Côte de Beaune, where the soil is rich in limestone and clay.

The grapes grown in Puligny-Montrachet are carefully tended to by skilled winemakers who use traditional methods to produce wines that are true to the terroir of the region. The grapes are hand-harvested and sorted, and then gently pressed to extract the juice. The juice is then fermented in oak barrels, where it undergoes malolactic fermentation to soften the acidity and add complexity to the wine.

The typical wines from Puligny-Montrachet are elegant, complex, and full of character. They are known for their aromas of citrus, white flowers, and honey, and their flavors of ripe fruit, minerals, and oak. The wines are aged in oak barrels for up to 18 months, which gives them a rich, creamy texture and a long, lingering finish.

The most famous wines from Puligny-Montrachet are the Grand Cru wines, which are produced from the best vineyards in the appellation. These wines are known for their exceptional quality and are highly sought after by wine collectors and connoisseurs around the world.

In conclusion, Puligny-Montrachet is a small but highly respected wine appellation that produces some of the finest white wines in the world. The appellation's focus on quality, traditional winemaking methods, and the unique terroir of the region make it a must-visit destination for wine lovers and enthusiasts.

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