Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes

Premier Cru

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting

      Wine Spectator

      96 points


      "An intense version, yet reticent, hesitating to fully unlock the floral, apple, lemon and mineral aromas and flavors today. Builds in intensity to a long, pure finish of lemon, stone and spice."

      Bruce Sanderson, December 15, 2017

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting

      Domaine Leflaive
      2014 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes
      Wine Spectator Insider
      95 points

      "This precise white exudes apple, lemon, stone and sweet spice aromas and flavors. Balanced and vibrant, with a bracing finish of lemon and apple."

      Bruce Sanderson, February 8, 2017

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting

      Domaine Leflaive

      2013 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes

      vinous

      92 points


      "Pale yellow. Subtly complex aromas of candied pear, lime and white flowers. Juicy and tight in the mouth, with a distinctly cool quality and nicely integrated acidity to the pear, peach and floral flavors. Good stuffing and extract here; finishes subtle, quite dry and long. A very pure 2013.”

      Stephen Tanzer, September 2015

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting

      2012 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes
      "(malo virtually finished but not yet sulfited): Good medium yellow. Musky stone fruits, hazelnut and a sexy sulfidey nuance on the nose. Rich and full but classically dry and serious, with firm minerality giving the wine cut and framing the finish. But not quite as long as the Folatières. This wine has 13.1% alcohol, 4.6 grams per liter acidity and a very low pH of 3.0, according to winemaker Remy. 91-93”
      Issue 170: September/October 2013.WDQ
      White Burgundy 2012: Domaine Leflaive
      By Stephen Tanzer

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting

      2011 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes
      "Green-tinged pale yellow. Slightly reduced aromas of lemon drop, pineapple and smoke. A step up in richness and pliancy from the Clavoillons but a bit youthfully disjointed today, finishing with slightly bitter citrus and pineapple notes.” 90-93
      By Stephen Tanzer

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting


      Domaine Leflaive

      2010 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes

      The Wine Advocate

      94 points


      "A highly attractive melange of citrus, flowers and white stone fruits dazzles the palate as the 2010 Puligny-Montrachet Combettes shows off its striking personality. The Combettes impresses for its crystalline purity and sheer detail. It is one of the most overly mineral driven wines in the lineup. The energy and tension in the glass is pure 2010.”

      Antonio Galloni, August 2012

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting

      Stephen Tanzer, International Cellar
      September/October 2005, Issue 122

      2004 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes
      Les Combettes Candied stone fruits, musky flowers, spices and vanillin oak on the complex nose. Sweeter and more glyceral today than the Folatieres; conveys a somewhat softer impression but this is impressively round, fat and ripe. 89-92.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting

      Domaine Leflaive

      2007 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes

      Wine Spectator

      93 points


      "A rich white for the vintage, featuring peach, grapefruit, butter and vanilla notes. This has power, but also harmony, revealing a fine balance between its firm structure and fleshy texture. Terrific length."

      Bruce Sanderson, June 15, 2010

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting

      Domaine Leflaive

      2006 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes

      Burghound.com

      91 points


      "A very ripe and yet one more time, openly exotic nose of acacia blossom, peach, apricot and even a hint of mango complements perfectly the powerful, succulent and lush big bodied flavors brimming with dry extract and a sappy and mouth coating finish. This is perhaps a bit less elegant than it usually is but the impressive depth makes up for it - moreover, the nose implies sweetness yet the finish is quite dry."

      Allen Meadows, Issue #35

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting

      Stephen Tanzer, International Cellar
      September/October 2005, Issue 122

      2004 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes
      Les Combettes Candied stone fruits, musky flowers, spices and vanillin oak on the complex nose. Sweeter and more glyceral today than the Folatieres; conveys a somewhat softer impression but this is impressively round, fat and ripe. 89-92.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting

      Stephen Tanzer, International Cellar
      September/October 2005

      2003 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes
      Pale medium yellow. Subdued but pure aromas of peach, lemon, flowers and spicy oak. Soft, rich and fresh, with less exotic flavors and less obvious alcohol than the foregoing samples. This finishes with excellent length. 90 points.

      Tasting notes by Corney & Barrow

      Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes
      Fuller golden, green colour. The oldest vines of the first growths and the tiny amount they produced is superb. Taut but sweetly fruited nose, biscuity rich. The palate is supple, beautifully evolved with ripe, subtly powerful fruit and a honeyed, silky, long finish. Drink in 2006.

      The Vine
      October 2004 #237
      Clive Coates

      Puligny-Montrachet, Combettes
      Decent fruit. Stylish. Reasonable balance. But a touch neutral. An absence of zip and depth. Very good at best. From 2007.

      The wine advocate
      29 April 2005 - n°158
      R. Parker, Jr

      Puligny-Montrachet Combettes
      Bursting forth with spicy yellow plums, apricots, and pears, the 2003 puligny-Montrachet-Combettes (white, 90-92) is a delightfully soft, deep, rich medium-bodied wine. Its beguiling candied apple, sweet mineral, and spiced pear flavors are fleshy, expressive, and prolonged throughout its suave finish. Anticipated maturity : now-2012.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting

      International Wine Cellar
      September/October 2003
      Stephen Tanzer

      Puligny-Montrachet, Combettes
      Pale yellow. Rich, leesy aromas of nut oil and spicy oak. Fat and sweet, with chewy but dry flavors of peach blossom and hazelnut. Tactile and mouthfilling, with excellent volume and considerable power. But more of a Meursault style of Puligny, less stony than the Folatières. 91-93.

      The Wine Advocate
      February 2004 - Number 151
      R. Parker, Jr

      Puligny-Montrachet, Combettes
      The exuberant nose of the 2002 Puligny-Montrachet Combettes literally explodes in the glass, with pronounced notes of toasty mineral, white flowers, pears and apples. A full, intense and fairly full-bodied wine, with honeyed mineral, poached pear and aniseed flavours on the palate. This long, silky and concentrated ensemble also finishes on a prolonged supple note. For drinking up to 2012. 90-92.

      The Vine
      January 2004
      Clive Coates

      Puligny-Montrachet, Combettes
      Rich, honeyed and complex. Excellent grip. This is very intense and lovely. Long and subtle and concentrated. Fine plus. From 2008-2009.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting

      The Wine Advocate - N°147 - June 2003
      R.M. Parker, Jr

      Apart from Le Montrachet, my preferred 2001 is Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes. Attractive with its poached pear and mineral aromas, it is slightly robust, with marvellously deep, satiny fruitiness and packed with mineral (again), creamy citrus and spicy notes. This supple, radiant wine, distinguished by its fullness and roundness, will keep well until 2008. 89-92

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting

      Clive Coates, The Vine
      N° 188, Septembre 2000

      Les Combettes 1999 : This is a more discret wine. Less evolved. It is more subtle that the Folatières. But the finish is more expansive. Complex and very harmonious. Good acidity. Fine plus too, perhaps even better. From 2005.

      Stephen Tanzer, International Cellar
      Septembre/Octobre 2000

      Les Combettes 1999 : (recently racked and sulfited): Complex aromas of peach and nut butter. Rounder, rich and pure, with insinuating ripeness and near-perfect acid/sugar balance. Graceful and very long.

      N° 133, 28 February 2000
      [The white Burgundies of 1999]
      "Domaine Leflaive"
      R.M. Parker, Jr

      The candied apple nose of the Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 1999 heralds a full, rich and satiny ensemble, with notes - fairly full-bodied but deep - of white fruit and flowers.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting

      Septembre 1999
      [The white Burgundies of 1998]
      "Domaine Leflaive"
      Clive Coates MW

      Puligny-Montrachet, Combettes 1998
      Less frost domage than the Folatières or Chevalier-Montrachet. This is positively brilliant. Amazing concentration and purity of fruit. Very fine backbone and grip. Quite lovely. I must buy some of this! From 2005.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting

      The Wine Advocate
      R.M. Parker, Jr

      The 1997 Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes reveals mouth-watering scents of candied almonds, apples, and pears. It is not as flashy a wine as the Folatieres, preferring to express itself in a more elegant manner. This medium-bodied, thick, velvety-textured, and focused wine is extremely well-balanced, deeply ripe, and impeccably crafted. Stones, white flowers, and sweet pears can be found in its delicated flavor profile and throughout its impressive finish. Projected maturity: 2000-2006+. Once again, Domaine Leflaive has crafted a superb Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles. The 1997 exhibits bright aromatics of lemon juice, stones, and white flowers, as well as a highly-expressive, medium-to-full-bodied character. This wine's velvety-textured flavor profile is resplendent, serving up layers of nuts, toasty oak, and a fabulous minerality. It has crystalline purity, a rarity in this vintage, and a long, fresh, and defined finish. Projected maturity: 2001-2008."

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

      Wine tasting

      Stephen Tanzer, International Cellar
      September/October 2005

      2003 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes
      Pale medium yellow. Subdued but pure aromas of peach, lemon, flowers and spicy oak. Soft, rich and fresh, with less exotic flavors and less obvious alcohol than the foregoing samples. This finishes with excellent length. 90 points.

      Tasting notes by Corney & Barrow

      Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes
      Fuller golden, green colour. The oldest vines of the first growths and the tiny amount they produced is superb. Taut but sweetly fruited nose, biscuity rich. The palate is supple, beautifully evolved with ripe, subtly powerful fruit and a honeyed, silky, long finish. Drink in 2006.

      The Vine
      October 2004 #237
      Clive Coates

      Puligny-Montrachet, Combettes
      Decent fruit. Stylish. Reasonable balance. But a touch neutral. An absence of zip and depth. Very good at best. From 2007.

      The wine advocate
      29 April 2005 - n°158
      R. Parker, Jr

      Puligny-Montrachet Combettes
      Bursting forth with spicy yellow plums, apricots, and pears, the 2003 puligny-Montrachet-Combettes (white, 90-92) is a delightfully soft, deep, rich medium-bodied wine. Its beguiling candied apple, sweet mineral, and spiced pear flavors are fleshy, expressive, and prolonged throughout its suave finish. Anticipated maturity : now-2012.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

    • Origin

      Sol argilo-calcaire
      1 parcel, "Les Combettes".
      Years when planted: 1963 and 1972.
      Surface: 73a (1.8 acre).

      Method of culture

      Vinification: long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maxi 1/2 Vosges, mini 1/2 Allier).
      Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

      Grape variety

      Chardonnay

      Wine making

      Biodynamic.
      Harvesting: manual, with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

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