Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2012

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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,” or “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 – 2012 – 94 points – Wine Spectator Insider

    "A racy, delineated white, whose lemon, hazelnut and mineral flavors ride the racy structure to a lingering conclusion. Long and mouthwatering."

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2012 – 93 – 95 points – The Wine Advocate

    "…an energetic bouquet with very fine delineation: scents of cold limestone, apple blossom and flint…The palate is medium-bodied with a round, sensual opening. There is very good matiére here…honeysuckle-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth.”

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles – 2012 – 92-95 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    “Ripe, rich aromas of peach fuzz and grilled nuts…Offers impressive volume without undue weight…fruit currently in the deep background… subtle, slowly mounting finish, which displays terrific mineral grip. This should age gracefully and last well.”