2017 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

$1,999.00

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.

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Description

93-95 Points Allen Meadows
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). A beautifully layered nose features notes of citrus peel, lavender, petrol, pear, white peach and soft wood nuances. There is seriously good size, weight and vibrancy to the broad-shouldered and admirably concentrated flavors that possess evident power on the serious, palate staining and strikingly long finish. If this built-to-age Bâtard can add more depth it should merit the upper end of my predicted range though note well that it’s definitely going to require patience.

94-96 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
he 2017 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru unfurls in the glass with a reticent bouquet of lemon rind, citrus, hazelnut cream, white flowers and mandarin oil. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, both denser and blockier than the Bienvenues-Bâtard, with exceptional concentration, tangy acids and a long finish. Today, the wine is only partially formed, but it’s immensely promising. Pierre Vincent told me that it attained 12.8% natural alcohol, but despite that rather modest degree for a grand cru white Burgundy, it displays plenty of power and substance.

96 Points Jasper Morris
Four plots, two each side, though one has been pulled out to replant as it didn’t recover properly from the 2016 frost. A touch more colour here and notably more weight on the palate, with some yellow fruit. This year there is a substantial difference between the Bâtard and the Bienvenues, this has all the power, muscular, yet neither brutish nor short – but I still fell fractionally more in love with the Bienvenues.

Additional information

Producer

Domaine Leflaive

Vintage

2017

Grape Variety

Chardonnay

Region

Burgundy

Sub Region

Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet

Types

White

Size

Bottle