Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2009

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Burgundy
    • Location: Four parcels in Bâtard-Montrachet
    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
    • Size: Total of 1.91 hectares (4.72 acres)Bâtard 7: 7 ouvrées (0.74 acre), planted in 1974 (commune of Chassagne)Bâtard 8: 8 ouvrées (0.85 acre), planted in 1979 (commune of Puligny)Bâtard 9: 9 ouvrées (0.95 acre), planted in 1989 (commune of Chassagne)Bâtard 21: 21 ouvrées (2.22 acres), 1/2 planted in 1962, 1/2 in 1964 (commune of Puligny)
    • Soil: Calcareous clay
  • Vintage Report

    • Ripeness monitored parcel-by-parcel for optimal harvest date
      Hand harvested with grape sorting

  • Vinification

    • Long, gentle pneumatic pressing, “débourbage,” or “settling of the juice,” over 24 hours; then racking and running the must into cask
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 25% new (maximum 1/2 Vosges, minimum 1/2 allier)
      Aged 12 months in cask, placed in tank for 6 months, then prepared for bottling
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering at bottling, if necessary

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Reviews

  • Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2009 – 95 points – Burghound.com

    "The supple, round and imposingly scaled big-bodied flavors are impressively concentrated and while quite powerful, they are also quite seductively textured before culminating in an explosive yet impeccably well-balanced finish."

  • Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2009 – 94 points, A Year’s Best White Burgundy – Wine & Spirits

    “…an amplification of a terroir that is typically bold and rich. This golden wine has the floral buzz of a beehive, layering lime blossom over umami limestone, savory pear and peach in a succulent flavor that lasts for minutes.”

  • Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2009 – (92-95) points – California Grapevine

    "… The supple, round and imposingly scaled big-bodied flavors are impressively concentrated and while quite powerful, they are also quite seductively textured before culminating in an explosive yet impeccably well-balanced finish…."

  • Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2009 – 93-96 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    "…rich, ripe and opulent in the mouth, boasting a much more silky texture, and greater power, than the Bienvenues (there's less topsoil here). Shows the sugar/acid balance of a perfectly ripe peach. Flavors of pear and tilleul contribute complexity to this succulent and fleshy wine."

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