Over the past couple of decades Domaine Leflaive has re-established itself as probably the most important address for winemaking in the world famous village of Puligny-Montrachet. They accomplished this through a singular attention to growing and making the very best Chardonnay possible.Indeed, Domaine Leflaive grows only Chardonnay and nothing else. The entire estate has been converted to biodynamic farming. The winemaking is extremely precise, gentle, and driven by a passion to showcase how this extremely popular grape can perfectly capture the subtle nuances of terroir.
"Here the nose is sufficiently reduced to render an assessment impossible. Otherwise, the succulent yet punchy medium weight flavors possess an opulent mouthfeel while delivering outstanding length on the beautifully well-balanced finish that maintains its focus as it sits on the palate. This refined and very classy if presently restrained effort is textbook Combettes." -Allen Meadow
"The 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 1er Cru suffered more millerandage than others this year. In fact, Brice de la Morandière confessed that the vines are constantly being threatened with being grubbed up and they will review the situation every three years. This has a taut nose, very well defined, and more reserved and stonier than the Clavoillon, with alpine streams and dewy pasture scents unfurling in the glass. The well-balanced plate displays a saline tang on the entry, just a touch of orange peel and quite a spicy, persistent finish. Excellent." -Neal Martin
"The 2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes is showing well, wafting from the glass with aromas of pear, orange oil, blanched almonds, nutmeg and fresh mint. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, textural and muscular, with fine concentration and chalky structure. Pierre Vincent and de La Morandière observe that this site, naturally precocious, is generally harvested a little later, as the vines are suffering from leaf roll virus." -William Kelley