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Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2014

Allen Meadow 91


Here the nose is both more elegant and more complex with a similar aromatic profile though there are a bit more white orchard fruit and floral elements discernible. There is good detail and a pretty touch of minerality that comes through on the solidly well-concentrated flavors that culminate in a lovely finish of fine depth and length. This is a lovely Puligny villages and worth considering.


I tasted this time with newly elected director Brice de La Morandière, 50, an international businessman and 4th generation member of the Leflaive family along with régisseur (estate manager) Eric Remy. They told me that 2014 presented its "fair share of challenges though we had a great start to the season as the spring was dry and clement which engendered a precocious bud break. The flowering was also early as it began in the third week of May rather than June. We did have some shot berries but overall potential yields appeared to be correct. We did suffer a bit of hail damage in Blagny but otherwise we were largely spared. July though was basically lousy though in the end we were fortunate as the conditions were ideal to have serious disease pressure though yet none really developed. We chose to begin picking on the 10th of September under excellent harvest conditions. The fruit was ripe and super clean with potential alcohols in the 12.5 to 13.2% range and we chaptalized a few tenths of a degree but not more. Yields were right around 46 hl/ha for the villages and 1ers but only 38 to 39 hl/ha for the grands crus. We found the wines to be pretty tight so we stirred the lees roughly twice a week up until Christmas and then stopped as they were developing very well. As to the style of the 2014s, they might be described as a combination of 2010 and 2011 as they have attributes of both. They should age extremely well yet they're not so backward that they won't have some appeal young."

Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2014


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