Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2011

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Burgundy
    • Location: Four parcels in Bâtard-Montrachet
    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
    • Size: Total of 1.73 hectares (4.27 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 17: 17 ouvrées (1.79 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 – 2011 – 95 Points, Bruce Sanderson’s Recommended White Burgundies – Wine Spectator

    "Laced with floral, citrus, apple, honey and baking spice aromas and flavors, this takes on a linear shape, remaining persistent."

  • Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2011 – 92-94 points –

    “This is even more expressive and more aromatically complex…and refined with a very fresh and layered nose of white flowers, citrus and perfectly ripe yellow orchard fruit aromas.”

  • Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2011 – 92-94 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    "Pure, nuanced nose offers orange oil, hazelnut, almond and smoke. Rich and broad in the mouth, but with a surprisingly light touch to the rather powerful pineapple and orange blossom flavors. Quite fine and not at all heavy.”

  • Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2011 – 94(+?) points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    "Sexy perfume of lemon, lime, clove and white flowers…Lovely lift to the generous flavors of ripe peach and spices. Wonderfully energetic, tactile wine with terrific rising length and grip, and a late mineral character that contributes finesse. "