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In contrast to the relative expressiveness of most of the prior wines, this is much more reserved and only grudgingly reveals its aromas of honeysuckle, essence of pear and soft oak nuances. The caressing and very refined middle weight flavors possess a highly seductive mouth feel that also brims with dry extract while delivering excellent length on the beautifully complex and persistent finale that, like the Combettes, is unusually dry relative to what is common for the vintage. Class in a glass.
The 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Pucelles has quite a complex bouquet: minerals and gun flint at first, underneath hints of almond and honeysuckle lending more richness than the Puligny Les Combettes or the Folatières. There is just a slight reduction here, albeit in a positive sense, not masking any terroir. The palate is fresh and spicy on the entry, stem ginger and lemongrass driving this Pucelles along, flamboyant as you might expect from a warmer growing season, yet with impressive tension on the finish. Very fine - this may have the upper hand over the Bienvenue-Bâtard-Montrachet. (NM)
The 2015 Pucelles from Domaine Leflaive is also very pretty and stylish, but there is just a touch of almond on the backend of this wine on the palate that indicates that it is a touch deeper-pitched than the stellar Combettes this year. The nose is a very, very stylish blend of white peach, apple, orange zest, crème patissière, chalky soil tones, almond and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and quite primary on the attack, with a generous core, good acids and grip and a very long, focused and complex finish. The closing note of almond and the slightly better backend lift in the Combettes this year gives it the very slight nod over this pretty Pucelles. 2017-2035.
Pale, bright yellow. Reticent, classic aromas of peach flesh and pit with smoky minerals. Deeper and more powerful in the middle palate than the Folatières but tightened in the early going by strong lemony acidity and thus less silky and refined today. The firm-edged finish reveals a repeating lemony element and a touch of phenolics. This will need time. New winemaker Pierre Vincent told me that this wine has 4.8 grams per liter acidity and a very low pH of 3.05. (ST) 92+
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