Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2008

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Burgundy
    • Location: 1 parcel in Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet
    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
    • Size: 1.15 hectares (2.84 acres)
    • Vine Age: Planted 1958 and 1959
    • 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 and 6 months in tank, then prepared for bottling
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering at bottling, if necessary

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Reviews

  • Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2008 – 95 points – Wine Spectator

    "Seems fluid, yet there's plenty of substance in this racy white. Lime blossom, blood orange, citronella and hazelnut flavors are at the core, while spice and stone elements emerge on the finish. Finishes with a cascade of citrus and spice notes…."

  • Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2008 – 97 points, Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast

    "A marvelously intense wine, the Chardonnay singing with light toast and acidity. The wine has layers of green apple, spice, a tight texture and orange zest highlights. Age for at least seven years."

  • Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2008 – 93 points, Year’s Best Burgundy – Wine & Spirits

    "Domaine Leflaive’s 2.84-acre parcel in this vineyard is one of its oldest plantings...Anne-Claude Leflaive and Pierre Morey turned to biodynamics in the early 1990s. The 2008 is a powerful wine: Tight and spicy...and built for long aging."

  • Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2008 – 91-93 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    "Full, bright yellow. Reticent nose hints at a subtle spicy quality. Rich, sweet and layered, with flavors of yellow fruits, flowers and spices. Not a minerally style, but finishing firmness leavens the impression of sucrosite...."

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