Following the excellent 2014 vintage, the 2015 “Les Folatières” from Domaine Leflaive is the product of another good harvest. Through a heat-wave summer of minimal rain and bright sun, fruit matured quickly. Rainfall in early August fueled maturation in the vineyards of Puligny, and for the third time in the Domaine’s history, harvest began before September. The 2015 is a well-balanced, pleasurable wine with substance, easily worthy of the cellar yet delicious in youth. The palate is taut and vibrant with earthy, nutty undertones and beautiful minerality.
Biodynamic fruit from three parcels of the 17 hectare Les Folatières vineyard (just metres north of Chevalier-Montrachet) was hand-harvested by parcel, sorted, then gently pressed and fermented in Vosges and Allier barrels. After 12 months in barrel, the wine spent six months in tank prior to bottling bottling. The cellars of Domaine Leflaive are biodynamic too, with acute attention to detail and minimal fining or filtration.
“Though light-footed, this white is expansive, filled with flavours of lemon cake, apple tart and white flowers. Vibrant and long, with precision balance and a lingering aftertaste of flowers, honey, mineral and spice. Scintillating. Best from 2020 through 2030.”
95 points, Wine Spectator, Dec 2017
“In bottle, Leflaive’s 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Folatieres has found reserves of tension and precision that belie its buxom showing from barrel, opening in the glass with a pure bouquet of white peach, stone fruit pits, confit lemon, spring flowers, pastry cream and a discrete framing of new oak. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, layered and complete with impressive harmony and a long, classy finish. Elegant, harmonious and youthfully reserved, this classic Folatières should really hit its stride after five years in bottle. Matured in 20% new oak and bottled under Diam 30. 2020-2038.”
92+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, March 2018