Puligny-Montrachet 2004, Domaine Leflaive
Tasted blind alongside the Louis Latour Puligny 1er Cru Les Truffieres 2004. Steely light yellow, aromas of white oak, vibrant lemon, racy, apple, very toasty oak predominates, doesn't evolve much, some seaweed and salty hints. On the palate dry, elegant, sharp, mineral, quality, tight-lipped and puritanical (thanks to Ya-hui, Louise and Peter for notes). Totally and utterly different from the Louis Latour Puligny of the same vintage - and significantly better and more typical. Requires another 3 years in bottle before it will gain weight on the palate and become more complex on the nose. Interestingly not as good now as the immaculate Bernard Moreau Chassagne 2004. Domaine Leflaive is considered a Puligny benchmark. Would be interesting to compare blind with a Louis Carillon Puligny which is also a classic.