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Puligny Montrachet les Folatieres Olivier Leflaive 2013

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91-93 Points, Burghound: "This too is gorgeously pure with its airy, cool and complex nose that is composed by notes of white flower and freshly cut citrus fruit that are trimmed in just a hint of pain grillé. The highly energetic and intensely mineral-inflected middle weight flavors possess good richness but also terrific delineation on the firm finish that is dry, long and moderately austere." 6/15 91-94 Points, Vinous: "(this had just finished its malolactic fermentation): Sexy aromas of fresh peach, nectarine and white flowers. Silky, saline and extract-rich, boasting lovely inner-mouth floral lift to its pulpy stone fruit flavors. Superbly balanced, long wine with a saline quality on the glistening finish. The crop here was a healthy 43 hectoliters per hectare, noted winemaker Eric Remy, and the finished wine is carrying about 12.75%, reflecting about 0.75% of chaptalization." 9/14 91-93 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The aromatics adorning the 2013 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Folatières do not mess about. There's no prevaricating here. They come straight at you with quite intense stony aromas, unlike the Clavoillon that is more laconic. The palate is terse on the entry. This is a Folatières that seems to take itself seriously, austere at first, but then fanning out toward the finish as if it were toying with you." 12/14

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Olivier Leflaive:
The Leflaive family has always had a few hectares of vines in Burgundy, in addition to their farm. Just after the First World War, Olivier’s grandfather, Joseph Leflaive was faced with the failure of his steel factory in Saint-Etienne. His investments in Burgundy were all he had left and he decided to enlarge his wine estate. It became a family-run operation covering some 35 hectar... Read more
The Leflaive family has always had a few hectares of vines in Burgundy, in addition to their farm. Just after the First World War, Olivier’s grandfather, Joseph Leflaive was faced with the failure of his steel factory in Saint-Etienne. His investments in Burgundy were all he had left and he decided to enlarge his wine estate. It became a family-run operation covering some 35 hectares. His son, Joseph Régis, was in insurance and along with his brother Vincent, decided to take over the reins in 1953. The estate soon began producing top-flight wines, mainly due to the arrival of air conditioning in Puligny in the 1970s. This was a major step for winemakers in this village which sits two meters above the water table and as such, had no underground cellars. Read less

91-93 Points, Burghound: "This too is gorgeously pure with its airy, cool and complex nose that is composed by notes of white flower and freshly cut citrus fruit that are trimmed in just a hint of pain grillé. The highly energetic and intensely mineral-inflected middle weight flavors possess good richness but also terrific delineation on the firm finish that is dry, long and moderately austere." 6/15 91-94 Points, Vinous: "(this had just finished its malolactic fermentation): Sexy aromas of fresh peach, nectarine and white flowers. Silky, saline and extract-rich, boasting lovely inner-mouth floral lift to its pulpy stone fruit flavors. Superbly balanced, long wine with a saline quality on the glistening finish. The crop here was a healthy 43 hectoliters per hectare, noted winemaker Eric Remy, and the finished wine is carrying about 12.75%, reflecting about 0.75% of chaptalization." 9/14 91-93 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The aromatics adorning the 2013 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Folatières do not mess about. There's no prevaricating here. They come straight at you with quite intense stony aromas, unlike the Clavoillon that is more laconic. The palate is terse on the entry. This is a Folatières that seems to take itself seriously, austere at first, but then fanning out toward the finish as if it were toying with you." 12/14

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