Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2014

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Burgundy
    • Location: Four parcels in Bâtard-Montrachet
    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
    • Size: Total of 1.73 hectares (4.27 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 17: 17 ouvrées (1.79 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 – 2014 – 97 points – Wine Spectator

    "This intense white exhibits lemon, apple and honeydew melon flavors over a backbone of crackling acidity. Linear and persistent, this has an extra dimension, resonating on the long aftertaste of spice and mineral."

  • Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2014 – 97 points – Wine Spectator Insider

    "Intense, exhibiting lemon, apple and honeydew melon flavors over a backbone of crackling acidity. Linear and persistent, this resonates on the long aftertaste of spice and mineral. Has an extra dimension."

  • Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2014 – 93-95 points – Vinous

    “Deeply pitched, slightly reduced aromas of stone fruits, pineapple and honey. Fatter and sweeter than the Bienvenue, then broader and more powerful on the back half, showing a ripe pineapple character but coming across as bone-dry.”

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