Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2010

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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 (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.



  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2010 – 95 points –

    “Attractive floral elements, some honeysuckle, grilled nuts and fine citrusy notes. This is really elegant. The palate has terrific clarity, finesse and elegance, is sleek and even, shows great depth and drive and holds long.”

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2010 – 92-95 points, Don’t Miss!, Outstanding –

    “It's never clear in advance between the Combettes and Pucelles as to which of them will be the best 1er in the Leflaive cellars but in 2010 it's simply no contest because while the Combettes is indeed impressive…Pucelles is just at another level.”

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2010 – 94 points, Outstanding –

    "There is a wonderfully clean and citrusy character to the driving, energetic and linear finish that despite the elevated sense of verve comes across as almost delicate."

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2010 – 95 points – Wine Enthusiast

    “A rich wine, full and fruity up front, then opening up into a much more mineral, textured character. It is a great explosion of citrus, pear and green apple, the wood aging showing with subtlety. It’s a wine for aging, complex and tight at the end.”