Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru 2016 Les Pucelles Magnum
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The 2016 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Pucelles offers similar richness to the Folatières but with a hints of Meursault-like nuttiness developing in the glass, plus hazelnut and lychee. The palate is very well balanced with a harmonious texture, a fine bead of acidity, a little spicier than the Folatières though quintessentially Puligny-like on the strict, linear and quite saline finish. Very fine—there is plenty of personality here.
A broad attack signals this rich, powerful white, revealing peach, apple pie and vanilla flavors, with a hint of coffee. Balanced and vibrant on the long finish, where a mineral accent chimes in. Fine intensity and detail. Best from 2021 through 2032.
Pale yellow. The closest of these premier crus to exotic on the nose, offering scents of ripe peach, hazelnut and honey. Compellingly rich and sweet on the palate, but with its sucrosité leavened by a distinctly sappy quality. As dense and broad as this wine is, it also shows good chewy firmness on the very long, tactile back end. Nicely ripe for the vintage, this wine will need some time to burn off some of its baby fat. But showing very well considering the recent bottling.
Excellent ripeness to this Barbaresco, which shows dried rose petals, cedar, tea leaves and fruit cake. Quite decadent and full-bodied, pulling in muscular strands of chewy tannins and tying them with power around the dried strawberries and plums.