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2012 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

  • Producer
    Domaine Leflaive
  • Vintage
  • Grape Variety
  • Region
  • Sub Region
    Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet
  • Size

The roots of the Leflaive family go back to 1717 when Claude Leflaive took up residence in Puligny-Montrachet, intent upon cultivating several acres of vineyards. The domaine, in its present form, was created by Joseph Leflaive between the years of 1910 and 1930, as a result of his successive purchases of vineyards and houses.
Today, the domaine extends over 24 hectares (59.3 acres) in Puligny-Montrachet, of which 4.8 hectares (11.9 acres) are grands crus and 10.8 hectares (26.7 acres) are premiers crus, all growing one varietal: Chardonnay. Since 2004 the domaine has expanded into the Mâconnais and cultivates some 20 hectares 49.4 acres) in Mâcon-Verzé and Solutré-Pouilly.

Tasting Notes

95 Points Allen Meadows
Note: from 3 different parcels, two on the Chassagne side and the third in the Puligny sector that is near the border dividing the two communes**
Mild reduction knocks down the nose but it seems reasonably clear that the underlying fruit is ripe. What immediately impresses about the broad-shouldered flavors is how fine they are which is not always the case with the typical Bâtard. This refinement only adds to the seductive palate feel of the extremely rich yet precisely focused, intense and strikingly long finish. 2012 should be a terrific vintage for this storied wine though note that plenty of patience will be required as I doubt that this will drink especially well young.

96+ Points Vinous
Bright lemon-yellow. Deeper-pitched than the Pucelles, with nectarine and spice flavors complicated by leesy and smoky nuances. Big, rich and sweet, with peach and smoke flavors lifted by high notes of grapefruit and jasmine and enlivened by bracing acidity. Best today on the penetrating, rising finish, where the wine’s grapefruit cut leaves the mouth refreshed. Great potential here, but in need of at least eight years of aging.

2012 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru