- Domaine Leflaive
- 2017 - 2022
- Case size
Neal Martin, December 2013,
The 2012 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres has slightly less new oak than the Clavoillon at approximately 20% of the blend. It has a more intense bouquet compared to the Clavoillon, with lovely almond and fume scents, almost like a Meursault Perrieres in style. The palate is medium-bodied with a sorbet-like freshness on the entry. This is a very pretty, more expressive premier cru from Anne-Claude that builds towards the orange zest and lemon peel infused finish. Excellent.
Burghound, June 2014,
A smoky and overtly ripe yet very fresh nose exhibits a pretty combination of white peach, apricot, anise and citrus blossom scents. There is ample mineral influence to the well-detailed and caressing medium-bodied flavors that possess both excellent volume and intensity that manifests itself on the clean, dry and lingering finish. This is presently quite compact and this will clearly need time to develop and unwind. Drink 2022+
Sarah Marsh, January 2014,
This is more malic at the moment. Juicy and generous rounded palate, but with a trim athletic note. There is good mineral grip. Notable tension. The finish is straight and powerful and darker. Fine++. From 2017/8
"One of the greatest white wine domaines in Burgundy" remarked Clive Coates. Doamine Leflaive's vineyards in Puligny Montrachet are steeped in history and the current generation can look back to 1717 for the first Leflaive family occupation of the farm buildings that they use today. The domaine was founded by Joseph Leflaive, who came to Burgundy in 1905. Anne-Claude Leflaive, the granddaughter of Joseph was appointed to run the domaine in 1990. A fervent proponent of biodynamic viticulture, Anne-Claude converted the domaine to biodynamics. After her untimely death in 2015, Brice de La Morandiere's, Anne-Claude's nephew and great grand son of Joseph Leflaive took on the mantle. He upholds the terroir-orientated, sustainable winemaking philosophy of the family.
Puligny Montrachet is known as the most delicate of the white wine appellations south of Beaune.Its wines tend to be linear and mineral offering delicate floral and orchard fruit aromatics. Its village and premier cru vineyard area total slightly over 200 hectares but almost half of them are premier cru making them one of the highest proportions of quality vineyards in the Côte de Beaune. Several grand cru vineyards are present, the most notable being Le Montrachet and Bâtard Montrachetwhich it shares with neighbouring Chassagne, but it does have the extraordinary Chevalier Montrachet and the tiny Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet all to itself. There are a handful of red wines grown, but they tend to be quite light and need to be drunk in their youth.