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The Wine Advocate: Three Decades of Domaine Leflaive’s Chevalier-Montrachet

The Wine Advocate: Three Decades of Domaine Leflaive’s Chevalier-Montrachet

by William Kelley Read the full article at robertparker.com The theme of this fascinating tasting featuring 22 vintages of Domaine Leflaive’s Chevalier-Montrachet was conceived by the estate’s director, Brice de La Morandière, as a celebration of the pleasures of mature wines. “No one has been more candid about the problems of premature oxidation, nor the need to solve them,” he began—and with justice. “But I worry that, partly because of the fear of premature oxidation, we’ve lost the culture of drinking and taking pleasure in mature wines.” All the bottles in this tasting had been reconditioned using the Eternam system,...
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William Kelley, July 31, 2019
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Snooth: The Greatest White Wines in the World featuring Domaine Leflaive

Snooth: The Greatest White Wines in the World featuring Domaine Leflaive

Snooth's Michelle Williams takes a look at Puligny-Montrachet:  "This is a place where terroir reigns supreme. Complex soils weave together like a tapestry, with limestone, especially on the slopes, playing a leading role. The climate is continental - warm, dry summers and cool winters. Fog and hail loom as constant threats in the spring. Generations of winemakers have studied the area’s topography, developing a detailed map of the region in an effort to understand its influence on the wine." Highlighting the the name synonymous with the appellation; Domaine Leflaive: "The most famous estate in Puligny-Montrachet is Domaine Leflaive. With ancestry...
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Michelle Williams, November 30th 2018
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Purity and Finesse at Domaine Leflaive

Purity and Finesse at Domaine Leflaive

“Brice de la Morandière took over as managing director of Burgundy's Domaine Leflaive in May 2015, after the death of his aunt, Anne-Claude Leflaive. His debut vintage at the estate looks excellent, based on the purity and finesse of the young Chardonnays. "‘The quality of the grapes was simply fantastic,’ he said, referring to the 2015 harvest. ‘There was no disease, just ripe and healthy fruit in both regions.’ He was referring to the estate's holdings in Puligny-Montrachet and Mâcon, the latter now comprising 49 acres…” See the full article, including Bruce's tasting notes, on Wine Spectator Online.
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Bruce Sanderson, February 28, 2017
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Wilson Daniels Establishes the Anne-Claude Leflaive Memorial Scholarship

Wilson Daniels Establishes the Anne-Claude Leflaive Memorial Scholarship

ST. HELENA, CA (January 27, 2016) — Wilson Daniels will award one industry professional a sponsorship for exemplary work in the wine industry and an all-expense-paid trip to Domaine Leflaive in Burgundy. The scholarship is in honor of the late Anne-Claude Leflaive, whose passion for education and sustainable growing methods has earned the historic family estate a reputation as a leader in biodynamic farming and as a benchmark for white Burgundy. The scholarship will be awarded based on criteria assessing individuals’ dedication to furthering their education and contribution in the wine arena. The selection process aims to identify candidates who...
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January 27, 2016
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North Meets South: Fine Wines of the Côte d’Or Unite for U.S. Wine Dinner Series

North Meets South: Fine Wines of the Côte d’Or Unite for U.S. Wine Dinner Series

ST. HELENA, CA (October 1, 2015) — Wilson Daniels’ Burgundy partners Domaine Leflaive and Maison Olivier Bernstein will join in hosting a series of wine dinners and tastings this October across the U.S., showcasing 2013 vintage wines from the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. Brice de la Morandière, new managing director of Domaine Leflaive in Puligny-Montrachet, and Olivier Bernstein, who operates out of Beaune, will present their wines in Denver, Houston and Los Angeles. These Burgundy estates champion a similar ethos — to create wines that fully express the purity and diversity of the land — and so...
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October 1, 2015
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Domaine Leflaive Appoints New Managing Director: Brice de La Morandière

Domaine Leflaive Appoints New Managing Director: Brice de La Morandière

ST. HELENA, CA (May 13, 2015) — Domaine Leflaive shareholders have appointed Brice de La Morandière, nephew of Anne-Claude Leflaive, as the new managing director (gérant) for Domaine Leflaive and its affiliated companies,  making him the fourth generation to lead the family estate.  The genealogical rootstock of Domaine Leflaive dates back to 1717. Anne-Claude was the third generation to manage the Domaine after the founder, Joseph Leflaive. Under Anne-Claude’s leadership, the Domaine’s international reputation soared through pioneering biodynamic viticulture practices and consistently producing world-class wines of balance, structure and depth. Domaine Leflaive became and remains the benchmark of quality throughout...
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May 13, 2015
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Wilson Daniels Honors Anne-Claude Leflaive: Winemaker, Innovator and Legend

Wilson Daniels Honors Anne-Claude Leflaive: Winemaker, Innovator and Legend

St. Helena, CA — (April 6, 2015) It is with great sadness that we note the passing of our dear friend and associate, Anne-Claude Leflaive, one of the truly great legends of wine. The world has lost a brilliant winemaker, a pioneer for women, a passionate advocate for sustainable growing methods, and the producer of the world’s most sought-after white Burgundy, Domaine Leflaive. In 1990, Anne-Claude became a co-director of Burgundy’s Domaine Leflaive, which had been in her family’s care for generations. In 1993, she took sole responsibilities for the domaine, and within four years she had already converted the...
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April 6, 2015
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Domaine Leflaive 2013 Vintage

Domaine Leflaive 2013 Vintage

“You can more or less judge your Burgundy ‘cache’ by the wines you are allowed to taste…There is one wine that has eluded me since I first visited the domaine back in the late 1990s: the fabled Montrachet from Anne-Claude Leflaive. My tactic is always the same. I ask whether there is the usual single barrel, the answer is ‘Oui’ and then the momentary pause indicates that unfortunately it is not for tasting. It's a policy I completely understand and support. This year I asked the question and Antoine Repetit de la Bigne instead replied: ‘Yes’ and then invited me...
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Neal Martin, December 2014
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Charm and Substance

Charm and Substance

"A year after bottling, having had time to settle down, the best 2011 white Burgundies show fresh, lively profiles born of vibrant acidity, with the structure needed to carry their floral, apple, peach, citrus and mineral flavors. The wines are accented by spice, butterscotch and pastry notes from aging in oak barrels, but all should integrate well over the next year or two. As a result, the vintage deserves an overall rating of 92 points on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale, a notch above the preliminary assessment I made last year. "My initial impression of the 2011 white Burgundies was...
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Bruce Sanderson, September 30, 2014
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Wine & Spirits 27th Annual Hall of Fame

Wine & Spirits 27th Annual Hall of Fame

Each winery appears with the number of Winery of the Year awards earned since the first Buying Guide in 1987. The date of the most recent award appears in parentheses. For a complete list of awards for each winery, click here.
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Winter 2013
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