Vinous – 95
The 2015 Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 1er Cru has a crisp, mineral-driven bouquet with subtle almond and popcorn scents in the background. It is tightly wound but there is energy here. The palate is well balanced with a fine thread of acidity, poised and focused, and though not the most intense Puligny this vintage, there is a sensation of length and amplitude. Tasted blind at the Burgfest tasting. (DIAM closure)
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040
Robert Parker – 94
“The 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Pucelles offers up a ripe but reticent nose of lemon cream, mandarin, yellow orchard fruit and apple blossom. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and the most ample of Leflaive’s premier crus this year, with a glossily textural attack, good depth at the core and grand cru amplitude followed by a saline, tangy finish. In style, this Pucelles nods to neighboring Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, but it isn’t quite as concentrated, and I’d expect it to offer more precocious appeal in its youth.”
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035
JancisRobinson.com – 16.5++
Lots of concentration here even if most of it is held in reserve. Very firm and dry with an almost severe aspect. Dry finish and masses of power. Rather masculine wine with all still to be revealed. Even a bit severe now. Needs time.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2027
Burghound – 92-94
In contrast to the relative expressiveness of most of the prior wines, this is much more reserved and only grudgingly reveals its aromas of honeysuckle, essence of pear and soft oak nuances. The caressing and very refined middle weight flavors possess a highly seductive mouth feel that also brims with dry extract while delivering excellent length on the beautifully complex and persistent finale that, like the Combettes, is unusually dry relative to what is common for the vintage. Class in a glass.