Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon – 2008

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Burgundy
    • Location: 1 parcel in Puligny-Montrachet
    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
    • Size: 4.79 hectares (11.84 acres)
    • Vine Age: Planted in 1959, 1960, 1962, 1972, 1973, 1981, 1983, 1988
    • 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 1/2 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.



  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon – 2008 – 92 points – Wine Spectator

    “Still raw and primary, but shows good intense flavors of peach, apple and grapefruit. There’s also a mineral streak that manifests on the finish and just keeps coming at you on the long aftertaste. Powerful, yet sleek and nervous.”

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon – 2008 – 94 points –

    "This gorgeous wine has ample concentration and ripeness with striking minerality. The acidity is not excessive, adding an enlivening counterpoint and amplifying the opens as it sits in the glass delivering even more pleasure...."

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon – 2008 – 94 points – Wine Enthusiast

    “Beautiful lemon-scented wine, balancing rich butter and apricot flavors with intense, pure acidity. The wine at this stage is toast and fruit, still coalescing into its long-term future.”

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon – 2008 – 93 points, Year’s Best Burgundy – Wine & Spirits

    "This wine’s fresh scents of pear blossom bring to mind an orchard in spring. The flavors are full and rich, the sweetness of the wine balanced by gentle, persistent acidity. It feels silken, the texture buffed with lime and limestone...."