Still youthful, initially sporting a reductive bouquet of gunflint that eased with air to reveal ripe stone fruit, honeysuckle, and smokey mineral. Ripe and opulent, per the warm vintage and Leflaive style, but this is also high-pitched, perfumed, and nervy, shaped by incredible acidity and capped by a long, dense finish. Today, the 1999 Les Pucelles is gorgeous but has years to go.
Leflaive & Rousseau dinner at Jade Palace. A "mini 1999 tasting". Another outstanding wine, and had I drunk it standalone, I would have rated this higher, but I tend to like comparisons, and on this evening, it stood in the shadow of the BBM. Bright yellow, but a touch darker than the BBM. This started rather muted, but with 2 hours, it blossomed into a real beauty, which I found slightly strange as most Leflaives I've had are straight out brilliant from the word go. Kiwis, yellow watermelon, Chinese pear, peach, stone, minerals and flint. Palate was slightly austere, but very well structured. Yellow fruits, crushed rocks, burnt sugar, honey and touch of roasted nuts. Much better than the bottle I had earlier this year.
This bottle had slightly better acidity than my last note. Clearly this wine is hitting on all cylinders. Had a delicious bottle of the '04 last week and the '00 last month. For me the '99 and '04 are on the brighter, crisper side where the '00 is a rounder, richer profile. Each of these bottles were delicious, reflected their vintage characteristics and fully support Pucelle's status at the top of the Leflaive premier cru line-up.
The colour indicated a much younger wine and so does the mouth with good fruit and acidity The nose showing a beautiful toasted nuts and sesame but not much else Will probably hold few more years but will not improve further
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