Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2006

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Three parcels in Puligny-Montrachet
      le clos du meix: 2.77 acres planted in 1981 and 1985; la grande: 3.88 acres planted in 1954, 1957, 1958, 1961 and 1963; la petite: 0.91 acre planted in 1969

    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
  • Vintage Report

    • In 2005–2006, winter began early, was cold and lasted a long time! The first frosts occurred in mid-November and, with the exception of several days at the start of December and in mid-February, continued on a regular basis until March 19th. Temperatures plunged to -15°C on December 30th. The period was marked by frequent snow flurries, though they did not cover the ground for long or accumulate substantially. The winter thus registered a net hydric deficit.

      March was damp, with an accumulation of 136 mm of precipitation, while April mitigated the dampness with varied weather. May was cool, though disrupted by rainstorms, resulting in considerable risk of mildew. It wasn’t until June 8th that the vines enjoyed the warmth and sunshine favorable to flowering. Lovely summer weather then set in until the end of July. Thanks to this, flowering was over in record time and the fruit set was precocious. The grapes fattened quickly, and the grape bunches were fully formed by July 10 -12. By contrast, August was a cold and damp month, slowing maturation.

      As for September, it was marvelously sunny and bright, fully justifying its reputation as the month determining quality. The weather remained dry, with beautiful days at high temperatures, favorable to excellent grape ripening. The patches of botrytis that had started to develop in August were stabilized.

      Harvest ran from September 20 to 27. The Chardonnays, which were very ripe and which could have toppled over quickly into over-ripeness, had to be followed closely and harvested in the correct order.

  • Vinification

    • Long, gentle pneumatic pressing, débourbage over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must 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



  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2006 – 92 points –

    "…honeysuckle, mango, apricot and spiced pear plus subtle lemon peel notes…full, ripe and generous flavors that possess a silky mouth feel due to the impressive amount of dry extract present, all wrapped in a long, sappy and utterly classy finish."

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2006 – 94 points, Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast

    “A rich, mouthfilling, sophisticated wine. The secret is in the balance, with the concentrated fruit flavors—dried apricot, mango and lemon—in just the right proportion. It tastes delicious now, but will certainly age over five years or more.”

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2006 – 93 points – Wine Spectator

    “A ripe swath of lime, persimmon, butterscotch and spice notes mark this lush white. It’s immediate, with a bright structure, yet remains extremely long and persistent. The finish is its best feature now.”

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2006 – 93 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    "Captivating aromas of peach, flowers, honey and truffle. Big, rich, broad and mouthfilling, with a mineral component giving the wine lift and restraint."