Domaine Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 2007

The 2007 Puligny Les Combettes from Domaine Leflaive is quite forward and rather developed. The nose is displaying layers of yellow fruit, notes of apple, melon – rich, slightly buttery – but supported by a lovely minerality. On the palate quite rich and developed with some buttery notes – beautifully focused and balanced by the linear 2007 acidity. Should a Les Combettes 2007 show this degree of maturity at this stage .. not really – in my view. Nevertheless a lovely glass of Puligny now – but would not try 5 years of additional cellaring for this example.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Fine – (91 – 92p) – Tasted 10/07/2014.

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Bouchard Pere et Fils, Chevalier-Montrachet 2008

The Chevalier-Montrachet 2008 from Bouchard is a gorgeous effort. In the bouquet layers of lovely yellow fruit spiced with a very fine citrus infused minerality. On the palate rich and vibrant yellow fruit .. airy but intense .. focused by a powerful minerality and the energetic 08 acidity. A beautifully balanced Chevalier with a wonderful expression of terroir.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2020) – Outstanding – (95p) – Tasted 17/03/2014 – magnum

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Jean-Marc Boillot, Puligny Champ-Canet 2004

The Puligny-Montrachet Champ Canet 2004 from Jean Marc Boillot has entered a matured and delightful stage. In the nose fresh yellow fryuit .. citrus infused with a nice minerality and some lovely matured notes of almonds and acacia. On the palate fresh and harmonious fruit … vibrant and energetic for the vintage .. good weight … with some mature buttery notes. Is in a very nice stage now … love the freshness and the nice complexity a quite beautiful effort.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Fine – (91p) – Tasted 16/06/2014

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Domaine Hubert Chavy, Puligny Hameau de Blagny 2007

The 2007 Puligny-Montrachet Hameau de Blagny from Hubert Chavy is a lovely effort. The nose is fresh and crisp with citrus and mineral infused yellow fruit – notes of pear, apples and more exotic orchard fruits. There is a “healthy” dose of SO2 in the nose … with a quite powerful hint of matchsticks. On the palate very fresh with a fine quite weighty fruit and a powerful deep minerality. Its a slightly rustic wine .. but is nevertheless a lovely glass from a very interesting terroir.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2018) – Fine – (91p) – Tasted 13/06/2014

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Philippe Pacalet, Puligny-Montrachet 2012

The 2012 Puligny-Montrachet from Pacalet is a gorgeous effort. The bouquet is very expressive with white and yellow fruits – fresh but also some more exotic rich notes of acacia – all is infused with a gorgeous detailed minerality … crushed wet stones. On the palate quite intense fruit … aromatically rich for this level … balanced by a lovely freshness and minerality. Really like the purity and balance in this wine – one of the best white villages I have tasted from Pacalet.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2020) – Very Good – (89 – 90p) – Tasted 01/05/2014

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Domaine Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 2010

The Puligny Les Pucelles 2010 from Domaine Leflaive is a magnificent wine. The nose is very pure and expressive with wet stones and a lovely deep citrus infused yellow fruit .. notes of pear with a hint of pineapple and honeysucle. On the palate slightly closed – linear with impressive mindpalate intensity and weight .. all beautifully focused by the energetic minerality and the quite powerful acidity. Its vibrant and with a considerable power .. but still refined and effortless. A bit closed now … but will no doubt be an outstanding Pucelles after 10 to 20 years in the cellar – a brilliant effort.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2025) – Outstanding – (95p) – Tasted 28/05/2014

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Bouchard Pere et Fils, Montrachet 2012

The Montrachet 2012 from Bouchard Pere et Fils is a very expressive and powerful Montrachet. In the bouquet rich yellow orchard fruits – infused with citrus and a powerful but filigree minerality. On the palate quite weighty ripe yellow fruit – rather openly knit and supported by a quite delicate acidity and a very powerful minerality. The finish is long and persistent with a intense fruit expression interlinked with the fantastic minerality of the Montrachet terroir. A powerful Montrachet in the making – is it better than the very refined and delicate 2011 Montrachet – not in my view – but its a close call.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2023) – Outstanding+ – (96p) – Tasted 01/05/2014

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Domaine Hubert Lamy, Puligny-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes 2012

The Puligny-Montrachet is made on the village terroir “Les Tremblots” from very old vines – planted in 1946 and 1970. The terroir is located below Les Ensignieres on the Chassagne side of Puligny. In the nose pear and acacia blossom .. quite rich, ripe and expressive with a gorgeous display of Puligny terroir. On the palate very fine nerve and weight for a village Puligny … beautifully balanced. Really impressed by this wine … a top end Puligny village in my view.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2020) – Fine – (91p) – Tasted 17/03/2014 at the domaine.

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Domaine Leflaive, Puligny Montrachet 1999

The Puligny village 1999 from Domaine Leflaive is still crisp and delightful. In the bouquet lovely matured complexity with notes of yellow orchard fruits, hazelnuts and a fresh citrus infused minerality. On the palate pure and matured with a nice weight for this level – focused and fresh with a nice backbone of acidity. A lovely expressive Puligny village … very crisp and a true delight!

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Very Good (89p) – Tasted 08/12/2013

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Domaine Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 2000

The Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 2000 from Domaine Leflaive is approaching maturity. In the nose expressive yellow fruit with notes of hazelnuts and almonds … spiced with a lovely citrus infused minerality. On the palate fine power and weight for the vintage – intense and balanced with a delicate support from the terroir. The acidity is good rather than impressive … but sufficient to give the wine a vibrant freshness. A lovely harmonious effort – a slight bottle variation though.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 31/12/2013

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Domaine Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 1996

The 1996 wines from Domaine Leflaive are showing great at the moment – and the Combette is no exception. The nose is very complex with lovely mature notes of yellow fruits, almonds and hazelnuts, spiced with coffee and a citrus infused minerality. On the palate rich and intense fruit supported by the fantastically vibrant and crisp 1996 acidity. The finish is long and very powerful for this level … very impressive. Can’t quite match Les Pucelles 96 though – but the rich and somewhat openly knit style of Combettes is a perfect match for the vintage. A gorgeous mature white Burgundy …. the 1996 Leflaives are just great.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Very Fine+ (94p) – Tasted 31/12/2013

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Domaine Ramonet, Batard Montrachet 2010

The Batard Montrachet 2010 from Domaine Ramonet is a true beauty. The bouquet is crammed with orchard fruit, acacia and a delightful focusing minerality – so refined and pure. On the palate rich and quite intense fruit with a filigree and refined backbone of minerality and acidity. It’s perfectly balanced, transparent and airy woth excellent concentration and length. Perhaps not as weighty as the Batard from Leflaive … but the purity and refinement is delightful and very impressive. A absolutely gorgeous and stunning wine.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Outstanding (96p) – Tasted 18/12/2013

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Le Blagny-Blanc – overlooked and forgotten?

Meursault Blagny is quite well known among Burgundy drinkers and collectors, but have you ever heard about Le Blagny-Blanc?

The appellations of Burgundy are numerous and the system is not always logical and straightforward, so I often turn to Lavalle, when I want to get a historic view on the Burgundy appellations.

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When I was making my article about Puligny Les Demoiselles I stumbled on a unknown vineyard in the Puligny classification made by Lavalle in 1855 … the vineyard Le Blagny-Blanc.

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Les Demoiselles – Puligny 1er cru and part of Chevalier-Montrachet

The vineyards in Burgundy are numerous, and some are not even included in detailed maps over Burgundy. One of these vineyards is Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Demoiselles.

I tried to find the location on my trusted standard map – the Atlas Vins app for iPad – made by the Sylvain Pitiot and Pierre Poupon – but no luck on these otherwise outstanding maps.

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I then did some more research, and found a quite interesting story about the Les Demoiselles, Puligny Les Caillerets and Chevalier Montrachet.

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Domaine Guy Amiot, Puligny-Montrachet Les Demoiselles 2004

The 2004 Puligny-Montrachet Les Demoiselles 2004 from Domaine Guy Amiot is in a beautiful spot. In the nose lovely complexity with notes of apple, pear, hints of hazelnuts and oak. On the palate crisp and balanced with a lovely delicate fruit and a very fine supporting minerality. The display of terroir is quite impressive in the long mineral driven finish. Very refined for the vintage … with a lovely freshness and balance. Will keep but is delightful now … a gorgeous Puligny 1er cru.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Fine+ (92p) – Tasted 09/10/2013

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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Batard-Montrachet 2007

The 2007 Batard-Montrachet from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a sensational wine – and among the best white Burgundies I have tasted. The bouquet is crammed with orchard fruits – very intense but still cool, crisp and airy with a beautiful supporting mineral note. It’s young but the complexity is nevertheless stunning. On the palate very intense and beautifully structured by the very precise and powerful 2007 acidity. Layers of fruit on the midpalate supported by a vibrant and firm minerality – incredibly well balanced and long. Love the purity and the feeling of perfect ripeness – a truly magnificent white Burgundy … they doesn’t come much better than this.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2023) – Extraordinary+ (98p) – Tasted 12/09/2013

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Domaine Leflaive, Puligny Montrachet 2001

The Puligny-Montrachet 2001 from Domaine Leflaive is stil fresh and crisp. In the nose fine yellow fruit, almonds, slight hint of citrus and a nice Puligny minerality – classic Leflaive. On the palate fine balance with a quite intense fruit and a crisp and fresh acidity. Very harmanious for the vintage … almost without the slightly rustic and rough character of the vintage. A lovely effort … matured … but will keep – this is how a village Puligny should be.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Very Good (89p) – Tasted 15/06/2013

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Comte Lafon, Montrachet 2009

The Montrachet 2009 from Lafon is a very impressive and refined wine for the vintage. The bouquet is very complex and filigree with layers of exotic yellow orchard fruits, delicate floral notes and a hint of oak integrated with the intense mineralic notes. It’s currently slightly reduced and finely understated for the vintage – the 2009 vintage really need a big terroir like this to show it’s best. On the palate excellent concentration … with layers of dense but very delicate fruit, fililgree minerality – backed by a quite impressive acidity for the vintage. Compared to other 2009s i’m very impressed by the delicacy in the fruit, and the overall balance of the wine. Tasted with the 2004 it lacks some of the acidic backbone and focus of the 2004, but given the vintage – the 2009 is even more impressive with it’s very pure and refined fruit. A outstanding wine – and a very impressive statement in 2009.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2023) – Outstanding (96p) – Tasted 24/05/2013

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Comte Lafon, Montrachet 2004

The Montrachet 2004 from Lafon is a tribute to the qualities of the 2004 vintage in white Burgundy. The bouquet is very complex with deep yellow fruit, almonds, white flowers – spiced with a citrus infused minerality. It’s expressive but still very refined and even somewhat understated. On the palate it offers intense fruit flavors with very significant weight and density. The fruit is powerful but still juicy with a intense nerve and energy from the lovely 2004 acidity and the multible layers of filigree minerality from the Montrachet terroir. The linear acidity and the intense minerality focuses the wine throughout the very long and precise finish. A truly extraordinary wine with stunning complexity, poise and power..

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2018) – Extraordinary (97p) – Tasted 24/05/2013

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Bouchard Pere et Fils, Chevalier-Montrachet 2011

The Chevalier-Montrachet 2011 from Bouchard is very refined and showing beautifully. The bouquet offer pure and cool orchard fruits – with notes of white peach, melon and pear – hints of acacia flower, petrolium, citrus and a filligree stony minerality. On the palate very intense with a very long mineralic finish – the fruit is crystal clear and supported very well by the multible layers of complex minerality. The acidity is vibrant and the tension and nerve is indeed impressive. A very elegant Chevalier-Montrachet in the making.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Outstanding 95 – Tasted 01/05/2013

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