Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon – 2006

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • 11.84 acres planted in 1959, 1960, 1962, 1972, 1973, 1981, 1983 and 1988

    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
  • Vintage Report

    • In 2005–2006, winter began early, was cold and lasted a long time! The first frosts occurred in mid-November and, with the exception of several days at the start of December and in mid-February, continued on a regular basis until March 19th. Temperatures plunged to -15°C on December 30th. The period was marked by frequent snow flurries, though they did not cover the ground for long or accumulate substantially. The winter thus registered a net hydric deficit.

      March was damp, with an accumulation of 136 mm of precipitation, while April mitigated the dampness with varied weather. May was cool, though disrupted by rainstorms, resulting in considerable risk of mildew. It wasn’t until June 8th that the vines enjoyed the warmth and sunshine favorable to flowering. Lovely summer weather then set in until the end of July. Thanks to this, flowering was over in record time and the fruit set was precocious. The grapes fattened quickly, and the grape bunches were fully formed by July 10 -12. By contrast, August was a cold and damp month, slowing maturation.

      As for September, it was marvelously sunny and bright, fully justifying its reputation as the month determining quality. The weather remained dry, with beautiful days at high temperatures, favorable to excellent grape ripening. The patches of botrytis that had started to develop in August were stabilized.

      Harvest ran from September 20 to 27. The Chardonnays, which were very ripe and which could have toppled over quickly into over-ripeness, had to be followed closely and harvested in the correct order.

  • Vinification

    • Long, gentle pneumatic pressing, débourbage over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 22% new (maximum 1/2 Vosges, minimum 1/2 allier) Matured 12 months in cask, then aged 6 months in tank, where it is prepared for bottling Homeopathic fining and very light filtering at bottling, if necessary

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Reviews

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon – 2006 – 94 points – Wine Enthusiast

    “A superb wine. It opens slowly in the mouth, revealing layers of toast followed by intense white and green fruits. Spice and nutmeg accent the kiwi, pepper and pineapple notes, all concentrated around a core of minerality.”

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon – 2006 – 91 points – Wine Spectator

    “Reminiscent of Chevalier-Montrachet for its creamy texture and lime blossom and hazelnut aromas and flavors. This is delicate, with a refined, lively structure, excellent balance and a lingering aftertaste.”

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