Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2017
- 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
- Fermentation: Long, gentle pneumatic pressing, “débourbage,” or “settling of the juice,” over 24 hours; then racking and running the must into cask
- Barrel Fermentation: Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 25% new (maximum 1/2 Vosges, minimum 1/2 allier)
- Aging: Aged 12 months in cask, placed in tank for 6 months, then prepared for bottling
- Filtration: Homeopathic fining and very light filtering at bottling, if necessary
Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2017 – The Wine Advocate – 94-96 Points
The 2017 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru unfurls in the glass with a reticent bouquet of lemon rind, citrus, hazelnut cream, white flowers and mandarin oil. On the palate, it's full-bodied, both denser and blockier than the Bienvenues-Bâtard, with exceptional concentration, tangy acids and a long finish. Today, the wine is only partially formed, but it's immensely promising. Pierre Vincent told me that it attained 12.8% natural alcohol, but despite that rather modest degree for a grand cru white Burgundy, it displays plenty of power and substance.
Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet — 2017 – Wine Spectator – 97 Points
This racy white delivers lemon tart, stone, vanilla and toasted brioche aromas and flavors. Linear and taut, this shows youthful harmony as well as a smoky, sultry finish. Offers excellent intensity, balance and length. Best from 2021 through 2030. From France.