2017 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Combettes" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1419565 96 points Decanter

 The Leflaive's 0.73ha of vines in Combettes were planted in 1960 and 1972, and consistently produce very small, intensely flavoured berries. And this is intense stuff, with beeswax, fresh pastry and citrus peel notes, stylish 20% new wood and remarkable palate length. Drinking Window 2021 - 2032. (TA)  (10/2018)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from 35 to 40 year old vines). A more elegant and airier nose is comprised by pure notes of acacia, spice, tea and a wide range of white-fleshed fruit. The succulent and notably more refined medium-bodied flavors possess an abundance of mouth coating sap that serve to buffer the marked firm acid spine shaping the gorgeously long and classy finish. This is excellent and should prove to be quite long-lived.  (6/2019)

94 points John Gilman

 The 2017 Combettes was the only wine in the Leflaive cellars that was a touch reductive at the time of my visit, but with just a bit of swirling, the magic to come was very easy to observe. The bouquet is a pure and classy blend of apple, pear, lemon, fresh almond, chalky minerality, citrus zest, spring flowers and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full and quite racy in profile, with a rock solid core, laser-like focus, great grip and a very long, energetic and utterly classic young finish. This is already complex, but will be much more so once the wine has had a handful of years in the cellar to really blossom. Gorgeous juice. 2024-2065+.  (12/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Combettes is very promising, unwinding in the glass with notes of lemon, tangerine oil, dried white flowers, honeycomb and spices. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with broader shoulders than the Clavoillon, with tangy balancing acids, thrilling incipient complexity and a long, saline finish.(WK)  (1/2019)

92-94 points Vinous

 Aromas of ripe peach, oatmeal and minerals, plus a touch of reduction. The palate conveys a silky richness and an impression of density that verges on thick, but strong acidity intensifies the wine's fruit and carries it through a very long, palate-staining finish. Splendid potential here owing to the combination of density of material and ripe acidity.(NM)  (9/2018)

K&L Notes

93pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Old vines from 1963 and 1972 provide the grapes for this Combettes. Fine bright colour, there is a graceful depth to this wine which is immediately attractive. The soft cashmere approach dominates the first half of the nose has the similar slightly evolved the palate, then fresh lime juice infuses the back end. More persistent than Folatières. Tasted: October 2018."

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


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- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.