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2005 Leflaive, Chevalier-MontrachetJun. 2011
Medium golden colour. The first notes on the nose were – ouch – of Jerez, I left the bottle for five or six hours. On returning there’s merely a suggestion of that oxidative note, more to the fore is dense core of aroma that smells of old oak and some suggestions of mature aromas. Full in the mouth, flavour growing in the mid-palate with cool acidity; the flavour is intense and very long, some creamy and toffee elements too – though it’s not particularly moreish. Day two it’s a little (not lots) better, still with a hint of oxidation. Day three there is none, perhaps the colour is also more yellow than gold. Now it has creamy depth with a hint of lanolin (normally I expect this on 15+ year-old wine). In the mouth it’s full and powerful a hint toffeed and still maybe not the greatest mid-palate flavour – but for the first time I’ve topped up my glass. So, this Chevalier is in an awful place right now. Accepted there were sherry aromas when opened, and even on day two. But no-one tasting this wine on day 3 would say it was premoxed, it has become cleaner every day; it was on the same level after 72 hours (open) as after 48 – just that rather frumpy presentation that many 05s show.
2009 Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet ClavoillonDec. 2010
Finer aromas and tighter, better defined flavours. Very good acidity, more linearity but very easy to drink. – sweet ripe fruit flavours come as afterthoughts.
2009 Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les FolatièresDec. 2010
A hint of toast (bread) an annual signature of the land, not oak – apparently. Super width, good underlying acidity. Stony tasting. Very good.
2009 Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet CombettesDec. 2010
A little more aromatic depth and suggestion of minerality. Slightly soft text but I like the mineral aspect. Lovely acidity helps a lovely finish.
2009 Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les PucellesDec. 2010
Density yet delicacy on the nose. Full, open, balanced, intense, loevely. Beautiful.
2009 Leflaive, Bienvenues-Bâtard-MontrachetDec. 2010
Floral with pretty yellow/green fruits. Full and round with a lovely balance yet impressive intensity – it’s hard to keep in the mouth. Quickly narrows but holds onto the core flavour long into the finish – a flavour that’s half fruit/half floral. Harmonious wine!
2009 Leflaive, Bâtard-MontrachetDec. 2010
A little less floral, more depth. Full again in the mouth – there is power and energy here – but beautiful balance. A lovely river of mouth-watering flavours.
2008 Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet CombettesDec. 2010
A depth of ripe fruit that is framed with higher tones and a tiny amount of baked bread. Density with acidity around the core rather than through the middle.
2008 Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les FolatièresDec. 2010
Riper fruit that is a little yellow. Here the acidity is perfectly integrated into a whole which further expands in the mid-palate. Rather impressive.
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