The Leflaive family has resided in the village of Puligny Montrachet for centuries and it is now home to Maison Olivier Leflaive. With it’s variety of 1er Crus and a shared portion of Grand Crus Le Montrachet, Bienvenue-Bâtard Montrachet and Bâtard Montrachet, the terroir of Puligny is second to none. Each year Leflaive produces close to a dozen unique cuvées from these world class Chardonnay vineyards.
Terroir: As “grand” as a Premiere Cru can get without being a Grand Cru! Les Pucelles and it’s 16 acres of densely planted vines sits directly beside Grand Crus Bâtard Montrachet and Bienvenues-Bâtard Montrachet and shares an almost identical terroir. With only a slight grade to the hillside in this area soils here are primarily clay.
Vinification: The lots are hand harvested and sorted at the winery and then undergoes primary and secondary fermentation in barrel and is aged for a total of 12 months in on its lees in 25% new oak. Following a gentle fining the wine is bottled and rests in the cellar for a short period prior to release.
Les Pucelles successfully combines elegance, complexity and power into a balanced medium to full bodied wine.
Green-golden in color with a delicately flowery and white fruit powerful nose. The wine is rich and smooth on the palate but keeps remarkably sharp and mineral.
Score: 95 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
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