Domaine Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Le Clavoillon 1er Cru 1999

Leflaive Clavillon 1999 #1

Medium straw yellow color with emerald hints.  Authoritative if a bit four-square on the nose:  slightly savory white and yellow orchard fruit, honeysuckle, basil, cold butter, brioche and wet stone.  A touch of oak.  Nicely taut sinew to the palate, medium-full, turning more brothy and musky: green herb, Asian pear, white peach, yellow corn and unsweeted lemon ice.  A linear equilibrium here from start to finish: this wine just cruises at the same wavelength from cork pop to last drop. Well detailed and nicely mineral.  Good punch and zip.  A cool, neat, wintery Clavoillon.  A fine bottle.   But the ’99 Leflaive Puligny Pucelles was far more rangy, nuanced and distinguished on this night (as it should be).  Now – 2016.

Leflaive Clavillon 1999

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