Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2011

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Burgundy
    • Location: 3 parcels in Puligny-Montrachet of Les Pucelles
    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
    • Size: Total of 2.75 hectares (6.79 acres); le clos du meix: 26 ouvrées (2.77 acres), planted in 1981 and 1985; la grande: 29.5 ouvrées (3.12 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,” or “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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  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2011 – 94 points – Wine Spectator

    "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."

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2011 – 92 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    “…aromas of orange blossom, lemon and white flowers. Juicy, intense and youthfully taut, showing a lovely balance of sweetness and acidity…flavors of citrus fruit, jasmine and honeysuckle…Finishes pure with a firm mineral edge…Wonderfully gripping…”

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2011 – 91-94 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    “Sexy aromas of lemon drop, white flowers, crushed stone and noble herbs. Lively and light on its feet, with excellent definition and lift accentuated by some CO2. Finishes with a note of pineapple and excellent citrus grip.”

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2011 – 91-94 points, Outstanding – Burghound.com

    "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."

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