**Note: from two very large parcels of vines totaling over 3 ha**
An elegant and wonderfully layered nose consists of slightly more complex aromas of honeysuckle, citrus blossom, essence of pear, apple and a hint of wood toast. As is often the case the palate impression of the highly textured middle weight flavors is finer and more delicate than those of the Combettes, all wrapped in a tension-filled and lightly mineral-inflected finish that is an exercise in harmony and grace. Lovely.
Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting, Leflaive's 2014 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Pucelles, which was the first vintage not bottled under cork (Diam "D" to be exact), is quite closed on the bouquet with cold stone and sea cave aromas that blossom with time. The palate is well balanced with a very sappy entry, a fine line of acidity and a crisp, quite spicy and persistent finish. I just think this Caillerets is very backward at the moment and will have more to give once afforded 2-3 years in bottle. This is a scintillating Les Pucelles, and guess what...it's not going to be corked! Drink 2019-2039.
The 2014 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles has an open bouquet that to be honest, feels a little tight-lipped following the more garrulous and expressive Meursault Sous Le Dos d'Ane. There is strictness and conservatism surrounding the nose of this Les Pucelles, but hold on, for after 5-10 minutes it reveals tempting smoke, flint and even a faint scent of wild fennel. The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp acidity. It feels a little spicy on the entry with moderate depth, reserved in style with impressive depth on the finish that just needs to muster a little more nervosité throughout its ageing. Very fine, but certainly a wine that I would keep. Tasted December 2016. Drink Date 2020 - 2032