Esprit Leflaive

Bourgogne, France

Corton Grand Cru, Les Grandes Lolières— 2019

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  • Introduction

    • WINERY 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 1910-1930, as a result of his successive purchases of vineyards and houses. Domaine Leflaive has been entirely a family domaine since its creation. Brice de La Morandière, great-grandson of the founder, Joseph Leflaive, represents the fourth generation at the head of the domaine. In 2015, after an international corporate career, he succeeded Anne-Claude, pioneer in biodynamics. It is with the same philosophy of respect for thegreat terroirs, humility toward the forces of nature and relentless pursuit of excellence in viticulture and in winemaking that the domaine will continue to grow in the future.

      WINE A selection of unique wines, Esprit Leflaive was born in the 2018 vintage. At the crossroads of fabulous terroirs from Burgundy and an expertise in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Esprit Leflaive ventures beyond the Côte de Beaune and the Mâconnais, to Chablis and the Côte de Nuits, to explore the wider Burgundy.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • While the Corton-Charlemagne is presently the only white Grand Cru in the Esprit range, similarly from the hill of Corton, this sole red Grand Cru on offer comes from the lieu-dit of “Les Grandes Lolières” which is on the Ladoix side, with lovely mid-slope exposition similar to “Les Bressandes.” While there is definite structure to the wine, again there is no heavy-handedness and a grace perhaps only possible in being a pinot noir expressed through the savoir-faire of a chardonnay domaine. Immense potential here.

    • Appellation: Corton, Grand Cru, AOC
    • Location: Bourgogne
    • Cultivation: Organic, Ecocert 2018
    • Size: 0.35 ha
    • Soil: Gently sloping, brown clay-limestone mixed with oolitic stones
    • Exposure: South-East
    • First Year of Production: 1953
  • Vintage Report

    • After a particularly short winter, the months of February and March were almost spring-like, and dry, with a day of record heat for the season on the 27th of February. The vines registered the message of nature, woke up early, and started growing. However, the weather returned to seasonal cold days from 5th April. The season’s first-morning frost was followed by four other episodes lasting until 7th May. The summer of 2019 was one of the hottest to date with two heat waves: one at the end of June and the other at the end of July. It exceeded 40°C in some places and signs of burning appeared on some bunches. Fortunately, the month of August was cooler with rain on the 10th and 12th of August, allowing the vines some relief

  • Vinification

    • Manual harvesting with partial whole bunch vinification, and long maceration in wooden vats with some manual punching down. Aged 15 months in oak barrels (including 30% in new barrels) then 3 months in stainless steel vats.

    • Aging: 15 months in oak barrels (30% new oak) then 3 months in stainless steel vats
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • A superb density and crisp tannins make this a smooth and silky wine. The whole harvest brings aromatic complexity with superb notes of rose.