Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2011

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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 – 2011 – Best of the Best 2015 – Robb Report

    … “Its richness, which emerges only gradually, is countered on the lengthy finish by steely acidity. The purity, depth, and brightness of this grand cru will continue to pay tribute for decades to come to the spirit of the grande dame who made it possible."

  • Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2011 – 96 points – Wine Spectator

    "A focused, vibrant style, fluid and open. This is packed with lime, hazelnut, citronella and apple flavors that just keep coming through the long aftertaste. Creamy and lively at once, picking up a mineral accent on the finish."

  • Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2011 – 92-94 points – Burghound.com

    “Very fresh aromas of honeysuckle, oak nuances and mandarin orange possess really lovely purity and complexity…A lovely Bienvenues that offers both length and depth as well as the same silkiness as the Combettes.”

  • Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2011 – 91-93 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    "Peach and soft citrus fruits on the nose. Sweet, fat and fruity, with a honeyed impression… An impressively concentrated fruit bomb in the mouth, complemented by an element of smoky oak. Finishes fruity and long…with an oak-spicy sweetness."

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