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Olivier Leflaive; Puligny-Montrachet 2011


Recommendation: Pretty good white Burgundy.

Winery/Producer: Olivier Leflaive; Puligny-Montrachet, France.

Grape Variety: Chardonnay.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Puligny-Montrachet; Burgundy, France

Vintage: 2011

Price: $66.13

Purchased From: The Britannia Restaurant, on board the Queen Mary 2.

Paired With: Corn fed chicken supreme stuffed with goat’s cheese and parma ham served with petit pois a la francaise.

Tasting:

    He said: Chilled before opening. Very light pale yellow color. Light citrus and ripe melon aromas. Smooth, very slightly creamy, crisp ripe fruit taste that continues through the long slightly tart finish. Delicious!!! Smooth and fresh with an excellent balance of acidity and flavor. Great with the chicken and as it warmed up all the flavors came alive. I would describe it as “pretty good” and if the bitterness in the finish hadn’t become more pronounced as it warmed up this wine would have climbed near the top of the Queen Mary 2 wine list for me.

    She said: Very refreshing citrus aroma with a hint of oak that was followed by a crisp, light bodied flavor. I didn’tt detect the promised tad of creaminess but the lightness of the wine was so pleasant I was not disappointed. We asked the wine steward to leave the bottle on the table so it could warm up and allow its full flavor to emerge. The aromas and flavors improved as we anticipated but a tartness came into the finish that was not so desirable. Keeping it chilled might have been a better plan.

    Comments: This wine was purchased on board the Queen Mary 2 at restaurant prices. Unless we feel strongly about the price we will direct our comments at the quality of the wine recognizing that it should be possible to purchase it for (two or three times) less at a wine store.

Alcohol: 13%

Bar code: NA

Imported by: Corney & Barrow; London, United Kingdom.