Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru — 2018

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Burgundy
    • Location: Four parcels in Bâtard-Montrachet
    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
    • Size: Bâtard 7: 7 ouvrées (0.74 acre), planted in 1974 (commune of Chassagne); Bâtard 8: 8 ouvrées (0.84 acre), planted in 1979; Bâtard 9: 9 ouvrées (0.95 acre), planted in 1989 (commune of Chassagne); Bâtard 21: 21 ouvrées (2.22 acres) planted half in 1962, half in 1964 (commune of Puligny)
    • Soil: Calcareous clay
  • Vinification

    • 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

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  • Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru — 2018 – Vinous – 95-97 Points

    The 2018 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru has a touch more pungency compared to the Bienvenue, but perhaps not quite the same alluring charm, at least at this primordial stage. The palate is where it’s at: supremely well balanced, exuding a sense of coiled-up energy countered by a dense, persistent finish. A bit of a beast, but time will tame it. Drink 2022 - 2050.

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