Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2015

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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 – 2015 – 96 points – Wine Spectator

    “A picture of power and restraint, this white evokes peach, melon, lemon cake and stone flavors. Turns more elegant, gliding to a lingering conclusion. Cuts a swath of lemon and mineral notes on the extended aftertaste.”

  • Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2015 – 94 points – Vinous

    "...Sexy, expressive aromas of pineapple, stone fruits, hawthorn, almond flower and spicy oak. Silky and full but surprisingly light on its feet, showing captivating floral lift and definition to its lemon, peach and smoky mineral flavors. This vibrant, fine-grained wine coats the cheeks and leaves the mouth refreshed."

  • Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2015 – 93-95 points – Burghound

    "... The mouth feel of the big-bodied flavors is notably more refined than usual yet the underlying power of a fine Bâtard is certainly present and especially so on the hugely long, firm and built-to-age finish. In a word, impressive."

  • Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2015 – 92-95 points – Burghound

    "As is often the case this evidences a similar aromatic profile to that of the Pucelles and in particular with respect to the honeysuckle character. While there is a bit more size, density and mid-palate volume to the middle weight plus flavors they manage to retain the same heightened sense of refinement and particularly so on the sneaky long and focused finish. This is potentially really fine juice."

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