Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2009

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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 – 2009 – 95 points – Burghound.com

    “…What impresses me more is just how refined this is even in the context of a vintage that is not naturally given to much refinement. A knockout and for the first time in recent memory, this is every bit as good as the Bâtard in 2009.”

  • Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2009 – 93 points – Wine Spectator

    “A rich white, evoking peach, ripe apple, honey and spice flavors. Well-toned, seamless and multidimensional, with a lingering finish of spices.”

  • Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2009 – 98 points, Cellar Selection, Top 100 Cellar Selections 2012 – #29 – Wine Enthusiast

    "With its concentrated yellow fruits, this is already a powerful wine. It is packed with acidity, toast, peach flavors and minerality, starting out as a gorgeously rich wine from a ripe vintage."

  • Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2009 – 95 points, A Year’s Best White Burgundy – Wine & Spirits

    “This leads you on with floral scents of honeycomb and vanilla, then sucks you down through layer upon layer of earth, brightness and darkness in flashes of delicacy and brooding power.”

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