Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Meursault 1er Cru sous le Dos d’Âne – 2008

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Definition of sous le Dos d’Âne: Below the ridge sloping away on each side

    • Appellation: Burgundy
    • Location: 1 parcel in Meursault
    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
    • Size: 1.62 hectares (4 acres)
    • Vine Age: Planted 1995 and 2004
    • 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, 22% new (maximum 1/3 Vosges, minimum 2/3 allier) After 12 months in cask, the wine was aged an additional 6 months in tank, then prepared for bottling Homeopathic fining and very light filtering at bottling, if necessary

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Reviews

  • Meursault 1er Cru sous le Dos d’Âne – 2008 – 93 points – Wine Enthusiast

    “Really ripe wine, with toast and yellow fruits, laced with intense citric acidity and a mineral edge, to go with the mouthwatering fruit.”

  • Meursault 1er Cru sous le Dos d’Âne – 2008 – 91 points, Year’s Best Burgundy – Wine & Spirits

    "Bound up in its mineral intensity, this wine layers fossil-rich limestone with ginger and green apple brightness. The acidity is markedly high, giving a vibrant edge to all the toastiness and saline earthiness."

  • Meursault 1er Cru sous le Dos d’Âne – 2008 – 91 points – Wine Spectator

    “Lean and balanced on the tart side, this white offers citrus blossom, apple, lemon and hazelnut flavors, with fine balance and freshness on the long finish.”

  • Meursault 1er Cru sous le Dos d’Âne – 2008 – 90 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    "Ripe stone fruits, grilled almond and vanilla on the nose, lifted by a spicy element. Good sweet, fleshy Meursault, conveying more precision and an impression of firmer acidity than the Puligny villages...Finishes with very good length."

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