Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2009

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Burgundy
    • Location: 3 parcels in Puligny-Montrachet of Les Pucelles
    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
    • Size: Total of 3.06 hectares (7.56 acres); le clos du meix: 26 ouvrées (2.77 acres), planted in 1981 and 1985; la grande: 36.5 ouvrées (3.88 acres), planted in 1954, 1957, 1958, 1961 and 1963; la petite: 8.5 ouvrées (0.91 acre), planted in 1969
    • Soil: Calcareous clay
  • Vintage Report

    • Ripeness monitored parcel-by-parcel for optimal harvest date. Hand-harvested with grape sorting.

  • Vinification

    • Long, gentle pneumatic pressing, débourbage (settling of the juice) over 24 hours; then racking and running the must into cask. Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maximum 1/3 Vosges, minimum 2/3 allier). Matured 12 months in cask, then aged 6 months in tank and prepared for bottling. Homeopathic fining and very light filtering at bottling, if necessary.

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Reviews

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2009 – 93 points – Burghound.com

    "...in particular pear, leads to rich, forward and wonderfully opulent medium-bodied flavors that brim with dry extract that coats the palate on the refined and impressively long finish."

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2009 – 92 points – Wine Spectator

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

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2009 – 94 points – Wine Enthusiast

    "This rich wine balances ripe yellow fruits with intense citrus acidity in a harmonious whole. Its structure is laden with minerality, toast and a smooth, delicious creamy aftertaste."

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2009 – 95 points, A Year’s Best White Burgundy – Wine & Spirits

    “...this is a range of delicate florals, from lily of the valley to the scent of meadow flowers in spring. On a deeper level, this is powerfully structured, an obelisk of pure white limestone, supercharged in its power.”

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