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2009 Mischief and Mayhem, Puligny-Montrachet Les PucellesNov. 2011
Intense, waxy nose. This is fleshy wine – well textured – that grows and grows in intensity before the flavour slowly fades. From a flavour perspective it’s clearly a little tight (it slowly puts on weight in the glass) but, it’s love in a bottle!
1978 Bouchard Père et Fils, Puligny-Montrachet Les PucellesOct. 2011
Golden. No hint of oxidation on the nose; there is some impact but it’s a little foursquare, hints of lanolin escaping from the glass. In the mouth – now we’re talking – good acidity and a lithe impression of restrained power. Decent length too. Belying its 33 years – this is lovely old white burgundy.
2009 Pernot Paul, Puligny-Montrachet Les PucellesJan. 2011
The nose is rounder, but to start with there is less focus than the Clos de Garenne. More minerality and good enough acidity. It doesn’t seem to have the width of the CdGarenne but the length is certainly there and with a more mineral dimension too.
2009 Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les PucellesDec. 2010
Density yet delicacy on the nose. Full, open, balanced, intense, loevely. Beautiful.
2008 Jomain Marc, Puligny-Montrachet Les PucellesOct. 2010
Once more there’s an extra hint of ripeness to the fruit, set against a lovely width of aromas. Again quite mineral. There is a modest attempt to cover the structure with some richness but the tasty frame of acidity remains clear. I often think of power when tasting Pucelles, but here is finesse – super.
2001 Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les PucellesApr. 2009
A much deeper colour than the 93 bourgogne. The colour made me rush to smell – but no problems with oxidation here, only caramelised butter and hints of citrus for freshness – it was actually very nice. In the mouth it definitely needed time to unwind and I’m sure it never fully did, but the texture and impression is of density coupled to long, lingering flavours. Not much complexity today or even excitement come to that, despite all, it still made a strong impression around our table.
2006 Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les PucellesDec. 2008
The nose here is gorgeous – a little understated maybe – high-toned fruit wrapped in a soft coating, but lovely. In the mouth finally we have a wine with the correct balance of concentration and acidity – it’s really excellent. Head and shoulders above the previous wines though still a laughable 169 swiss francs.
2006 Morey Marc, Puligny-Montrachet Les PucellesDec. 2008
Slightly diffuse aromas. In the mouth it’s understated but shows good texture and a super burst of mid-palate interest. Very nice despite medium (for Pucelles) length. The quality needs to be higher for 98 francs per bottle though.
2005 Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les PucellesNov. 2007
A wide and authoritative nose that’s both concentrated and dense. In the mouth its quite rich but the acidity is just the right foil to provide lift and balance. It’s expensive, but it is what it is – excellent.
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