Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2008

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  • Vineyard Profile

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    • 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 – 2008 – 94 points – Wine Spectator

    "Broad and powerful, with a firm underlying structure that allows the lemon, toast and baking spices to take center stage, followed by an excellent finish."

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2008 – 93 points – Burghound.com

    "delicious, round and quite generous medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent depth on the focused and unusually powerful finish...This is quite simply terrific and while there is good power, the ’08 Pucelles remains a wine of finesse."

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2008 – 98 points – winereviewonline.com

    "…a Grand Cru wine in all respects. It has power without being heavy. It has extraordinary depth and richness without being overdone. It has verve and minerality that complements its richness. Surprisingly open and drinkable now…."

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2008 – 95 points, Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast

    “A fine, elegant wine, with balanced toast and acidity, great ripe apricot flavors along with spice from the toast, acidity, citrus and a hint of ginger. Still very young…pure fruited wine…”

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