Producer note:As is usually the case, I tasted with director Brice de La Morandière along with régisseur (estate manager) Pierre Vincent. They noted that with their assorted acquisitions in Pouilly-Fuissé that they now exploit 55 ha directly and buy in the equivalent of another 5 ha for a total of 60 ha; they exploit 27 ha in the Côte d'Or. They told me that 2019, much like 2018, was "extraordinarily precocious though the two growing seasons were not the same. While we didn't suffer much damage from the April frosts, the flowering didn't pass especially well as there was a high incidence of shot berries though neither was it a disaster as our yields averaged right at 40 hl/ha. We chose to begin picking on the 11th of September and the fruit couldn't have been any cleaner. Potential alcohols ranged from 13.5 to 14% thanks to the heat that concentrated both sugars and acidities. This was important because we were pleasantly surprised that the post-malo pHs averaged 3.15, which is excellent, at least in the context of the long-aging style of wine we want to make. In terms of the wines, 2019 produced classic wines that are concentrated and balanced and should be capable of long-aging." As the rating and comments confirm, I was very much impressed with the quality and aging potential of the Leflaive 2019s. In particular, the Pucelles and the Bienvenues really stood out and should be on anyone's short list. I would suggest that readers not ignore the wines from the Mâconnais as they are not only excellent but provide good value. (Wilson & Daniels, www.wilsondaniels.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com and Private Cellar Ltd., www.privatecellar.co.uk, all UK).
Tasting note:A pretty nose is comprised by pronounced floral elements that add a touch of elegance to the bright citrus and apple scents. The middle weight flavors exude a bracing salinity on the clean and nicely dry finale. While this could easily be enjoyed upon release, it offers enough development potential to reward a few years of keeping.