Domaines Leflaive

Bourgogne, France

Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2008

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Burgundy
    • Location: Four parcels in Bâtard-Montrachet
    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
    • Size: Total of 1.91 hectares (4.72 acres) Bâtard 7: 7 ouvrées (0.74 acre), planted in 1974 (commune of Chassagne)Bâtard 8: 8 ouvrées (0.85 acre), planted in 1979 (commune of Puligny)Bâtard 9: 9 ouvrées (0.95 acre), planted in 1989 (commune of Chassagne)Bâtard 21: 21 ouvrées (2.22 acres), 1/2 planted in 1962, 1/2 in 1964 (commune of Puligny)
    • 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, 25% new (maximum 1/2 Vosges, minimum 1/2 allier)
      Aged 12 months in cask, placed in tank for 6 months, then prepared for bottling
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering at bottling, if necessary



  • Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2008 – 95 points – Wine Spectator

    "Broad-shouldered and somewhat monolithic, this white plays its peach, citrus and apple flavors off spice and toast notes. The vibrant structure keeps this well-defined, as the citrus and spice themes echo on the finish."

  • Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2008 – 96 points –

    "...citrus blossom and zest, spice, smoke, fennel and hints of acacia that introduce big, muscular and wonderfully complex broad-scaled flavors...long, focused and explosive finish of breathtaking length and of the very best...“

  • Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2008 – 97 points, Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast

    “This beautiful wine is austere at this very young stage. But what pent-up power—the richness comes from glorious ripe fruit, tempered with a core of steel and wrapped with pure lemon, apricot and toast flavors. Age for 10 years at least.”

  • Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2008 – 93 points, Year’s Best Burgundy – Wine & Spirits

    "Warm tones of brown butter show off the density of this wine, a bold, juicy Bâtard with...formidable structure...scents of honeycomb, nectarine pit, heirloom pear and applewood smoke [come] to mind. A rich pleasure..."