2018 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes Premier Cru
Here the nose is sufficiently reduced to render an assessment impossible. Otherwise, the succulent yet punchy medium weight flavors possess an opulent mouthfeel while delivering outstanding length on the beautifully well-balanced finish that maintains its focus as it sits on the palate. This refined and very classy if presently restrained effort is textbook Combettes.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
The 2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes possesses an additional level of concentration this year, and it marks a transition in the portfolio between the charming, giving lower appellations and the rather more serious top premiers and grands crus. Unfurling in the glass with notes of crisp yellow orchard fruit, orange oil, Meyer lemon, almond paste and citrus blossom, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and nicely concentrated, with fine mid-palate amplitude, lively acids and a saline finish.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)
he 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 1er Cru suffered more millerandage than others this year. In fact, Brice de la Morandière confessed that the vines are constantly being threatened with being grubbed up and they will review the situation every three years. This has a taut nose, very well defined, and more reserved and stonier than the Clavoillon, with alpine streams and dewy pasture scents unfurling in the glass. The well-balanced plate displays a saline tang on the entry, just a touch of orange peel and quite a spicy, persistent finish. Excellent.
Neal Martin - Vinous
From old vines, planted in 1963 and 1972. Clear pale colour, some weight to the nose. Lovely perfumed white peach notes with good acidity behind. This has held together better than some other Combettes in 2018, but you feel the danger of the hot summers in early ripening sites. This will be gorgeous in the medium term, but maybe not for longer term keeping.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy