Domaines Leflaive

Bourgogne, France

Meursault 1er Cru sous le Dos d’Âne – 2009

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Definition of sous le Dos d’Âne: Below the ridge sloping away on each side

    • Appellation: Burgundy
    • Location: 1 parcel in Meursault
    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
    • Size: 1.62 hectares (4 acres)
    • Vine Age: Planted 1995 and 2004
    • 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, 22% new (maximum 1/3 Vosges, minimum 2/3 allier)
      After 12 months in cask, the wine was aged an additional 6 months in tank, then prepared for bottling
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering at bottling, if necessary



  • Meursault 1er Cru sous le Dos d’Âne – 2009 – 94 points – Wine Enthusiast

    "Rich and rounded, packed with yellow fruits and pineapple flavors, this is a warm, opulent wine, combining toast and fruit. True, there is some minerality, but this Meursault revels in its ripe fruit and generosity."

  • Meursault 1er Cru sous le Dos d’Âne – 2009 – 93 points, A Year’s Best White Burgundy – Wine & Spirits

    "It’s an elegant wine on a grand scale, with the fresh juiciness of nectarine and the woodsy notes of pear skin. Check on this six to eight years from the vintage, as a partner for crab or langoustines.”

  • Meursault 1er Cru sous le Dos d’Âne – 2009 – (89-92) points –

    “This elegant and cool effort sports a completely different nose with more roasted nut and citrus influence to the ripe orchard fruit aromas that introduce mineral-inflected and vibrant middle weight flavors that also possess fine balance and plenty of underlying tension. Excellent.”