The 2020 Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 1er Cru conveys the imprimatur of the growing season more than Leflaive’s other cuvées, the ripest and perhaps more exotic with candied orange peel, quince and light peppermint scents. The palate is medium-bodied with fine acidity, ripe and quite bold in style, though it clams up towards its slightly reductive finish. Give this four to five years in bottle.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2042
A vineyard heavily infected by viruses, reducing yield and resulting in the medium-term catch-22 of non-viable yield with superb quality and concentration. Tank sample. Every step is a step up here. Pucelles is immensely concentrated, the richest so far but absolutely contained by a lashing of precise, linear acidity. (MH)
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2040