A sun-kissed bouquet of peach, pear, fresh pineapple, nutmeg, honeycomb and spice with a touch of struck match on the upper register. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, rich and flavorful yet a lovely minerality gives this wine good balance.
"There is a subtle whiff of exoticism to the elegant and ultra-fresh aromas of honeysuckle, tangerine skin, pear compote and spice. Once again there is a terrific sense of energy to the racy, intense and gorgeously refined middle weight flavors that culminate in a highly refined, balanced and sneaky long finale. This is textbook Pucelles that should age effortlessly." 92-95 points, Burghound
"Pale, bright yellow. Pure aromas of yellow peach and flowers display the typical early reserve of this cuvée. Silky, seamless, broad and round, showing a lemony edge. Plenty of volume here but a bit less filled in than the Folatières. This classically dry, airy wine is still a bit tight on the back end, but is also a bit less minerally than the Folatières." 91-94 points, Vinous
"The Pucelles takes a clear lead over Leflaive's other premiers crus this year, its lovely bouquet of apple, preserved lemon, crème pâtissière and white flowers introducing a racy, elegant and full-bodied wine with good concentration, intensity and energy. This is also the most reserved premier cru, and will reward bottle age. Drinking Window 2022 - 2035." 93 points, Decanter Magazine
"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." 93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru 'les Pucelles' 2016