Domaine Leflaive is one of the very best producers of white Burgundy. Leflaive is producing a big selection of whites, from Bourgogne Blanc to Montrachet – and all the wines are normally among the very best wines in their category.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 1996 from Domaine Leflaive is a true beauty when firering on all cylinders. The bouquet is expressive and complex offering a ripe intense yellow fruit with notes of melon, hazelnuts, smoky almonds, acacia and a twist of fresh citrus – supportet by a intense mineralic scent. Still some elements of smoky gun powder in the nose. On the palate matured crisp fruit – it’s focused, complex and weighty with the fine minerality and 1996 acidity as a structuring and focusing backbone. Love the purity, balance and nerve in this wine – this is Grand cru level. Indeed a perfect bottle of Pucelles – a great and still vibrant wine.
The Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 2002 from Domaine Leflaive has entered a matured stage .. and presently showing all it’s glory. The bouquet is very expressive and complex offering a ripe intense yellow fruit with notes of melon, fallen apples, hazelnuts, acacia and a twist of fresh grape – supportet by a intense mineralic scent. The palate offer big and creamy fruit aromas – quite fat and dense for a Pucelles – with a excellent support from the fine acidity, the citrus notes and the strong mineralic expression of the terroir. A big and intense Pucelles – with a Grand Cru like weight. This example seems slightly advanced in my view, and is indeed drinking beautifully now. Drink within the next few years .. fear the slightly oxidized notes of fallen apples will be more pronounced with further cellaring. Nevertheless a very fine effort from Leflaive … and a pleasure now.
The Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive is slightly closed – but nevertheless showing it’s greatness. In the bouquet ripe and cool fruit – notes of orchard fruits – peach, pear, acacia, with a intense stony minerality and a twist of citrus zest. The nose is quite discrete, refined and very filigree. On the palate outstanding midpalate concentration and energy – big and bold – and yet refined and remarkably lightfooted. The finish is long and powerful with a vibrant acidity and a intense minerality. Stylewise it follows the lesser 2010s and confirm the “new” discrete and in my view more refined Leflaive style. This is a masterpiece from Domaine Leflaive – the Chevalier and the Montrachet must be mesmerizingly great. The Batard 2010 is truly outstanding – Bravo!
The Puligny Montrachet v2010 from Domaine Leflaive is a very impressive village wine. In the bouquet – slightly closed – but with a slightly chalky minerality and a lovely fruit expression – melon with hints of more exotic orchard fruits. Very fresh, ripe and crystal clear and quite discrete – this is new school Leflaive! On the palate very refined with a good mid-palate weight, great balance and a long precise finish. Like many 2010s it currently shows a yin and yang effect between the acidity and fruit – this tension is fine – but it really need time to show the full pontential. Very impressive village effort from Domaine Leflaive.
The Pucelles 1999 from Domaine Leflaive is a real beauty. In the nose gun powder, citrus and almonds with a fine minerality and a lovely yellow fruit. On the palate a wonderful crisp acidity, very focused with a beautiful fruit and minderality. It has a lovely balance, and a fantastic acidity and freshness for the vintage. A very fine wine indeed.
The Bourgogne Blanc from Domaine Leflaive is normally among the best generic white Burgundies – and he 2010 edition is no exception. It offeres the new discrete Leflaive style, fine pure Chardonnay fruit and even some minerality. In the nose orchard fruits – mango and melon – a fresh and nuanced tone of citrus fruits. On the palate quite rich, but with a fresh backbone of acidity – really like the 2010 acidity. Lovely balanced with hints of minerlity – need a little time to unfold. Will no doubt be very enjoyable after 3 to 5 years.
The Puligny Montrachet village 2010 from Domaine Leflaive is a fine effort in a equally fine vintage. In the bouquet classic Puligny minerality with a lovely fruit expression – melon with hints of more exotic orchard fruits. Very fresh, ripe and crystal clear and quite discrete – new school Leflaive! On the palate very refined with a good mid-palate weight, great balance and long precise finish. A pure and crystal clear wine with a lovely precise expression of the Puligny terroir. Very impressive village effort from Domaine Leflaive.
The Puligny-Montrachet les Pucelles 2000 from Domaine Leflaive is normally a true delight. This example was however quite delveloped with a darker than normal color, and a somewhat tired expression. The cork was fine, but could be a slight premox, in that case first premoxed wine from this domaine since the 1997 vintage. In the bouquet quite mature notes, apple, almonds hint of gunpowder, and a slight oxidation. On the palate good concentration, rather dense but not very lively fruit. Good lenght and minerality from the fine terroir. Not a bad wine – but sadly well off the the outstanding quality this wine normally deliver.
The Bourgogne Blanc from Domaine Leflaive is a classic wine among the generic white Burgundies. It offeres the Leflaive style, fine pure Chardonnay fruit and even some minerality. The 2008 edtion is no exception – a really charming and quite open wine. In the nose white flowers, slight melon and minerality and some quite forward citrus notes. On the palate surprisingly rich, with a good backbone from the lovely 2008 acidity – and also some nice minerality … giving the wine some personality and a slight hint of undefined terroir. Lovely wine for lunch …
The Puligny 09 from Leflaive is surprisingly discrete without the normal characteristics of a young Leflaive wine. In the bouquet yellow quite exotic fruits, with notes of pear and peach. Also a hint of yeast in the quite discrete nose. On the palate quite mellow, with rather soft butteri yellow fruits. Quite good balance and length, but lacking some acidity and freshness at this point. Not really what you would expect from a young Leflaive wine. Need to retaste both Leflaive and Coche-Dury village wines – they have been somewhat disappointing in our tastings, and with almost the same expression.
(Drink from 2019) Good – 87p
Celebrating the New Year is associated with good friends, nice food and a lot of good wines. This year was no exception, as quite many good bottles was on the table.
We always taste the some of the wines while preparing the food. Some of the wines are tasted at the table …. thus making detailed comments impossible.
The Clavoillon 2008 from Leflaive is a fine effort. Very focused bouqet with good minerality and some citrus notes. On the palate quite dense for a 2008, but with a very fine acidity. Good balance and length, with some minerality. Clavoillon is not the most complex terroir, but the combination with the carateristics of the 2008 vintage is perfect.
(Drink from 2017) Very Good – 90p
Tasted 28/09/2011 at Restaurant Sommelier
Best wine of the evening – Chevalier Montrachet from Leflaive. The bouquet is still very tight and youthful. Notes of gun powder and a strong minerality. The palate slighly more developed, with a huge minerality and great length. Very focused and balanced … but only showing a small part of the huge potential. Need 10 years more in the cellar.
(Drink From 2020) Outstanding – 96p
Tasted 28/09/2011 at Gustavs Bistro