at Puligny-Montrachet

The Leflaive family has been in Burgundy since about1570, and they have been at Puligny since 1717.  "Pucelles" means maidens.


 2005 Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 1er Cru Domaine Leflaive: a rich yellow colour, with a bouquet that exuded gentle Chardonnay freshness. In the mouth touches Meyer lemons, clean, elegant, bright citrus fruits with wood aromas, hints of dried honey and mineralic undertones, with a light smokiness. It is intense and delightful most of the time. Some well-balanced acid is notable, with a finish of 20 seconds. It might be better to uncork and wait to let it breathe for an hour and to serve it not too cold. I wonder whether there is enough fruit reserve present to overcome the tannins with time, and to counterbalance the considerable acidity that might become more prominent. 4/5