Domaines Leflaive

Bourgogne, France

Pouilly-Fuissé En Vigneraie – 2022

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  • Introduction

    • WINERY: Domaines Leflaive represents an extension of Domaine Leflaive in the Mâcaonnais region to explore the family’s extensive vineyard holdings which are either owned or leased long term through the family’s close knit relationships in the region. The vineyards are all certified Organic and Biodynamic, and the family directly handles all work in the vineyards, harvest, as well as the wines vinification in the Domains cellar in Puligny Montrachet.

      WINE: This has a step up in complexity and longevity from the “normal” Pouilly-Fuissé — shows nicely generous and precocious fruit with a serious backbone thanks to the poor soil it is grown on.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: En Vigneraie
    • Appellation: Pouilly-Fuissé, AOC
    • Location: Bourgogne, Mâconnais
    • Cultivation: Organic - Ecocert 1992; Biodynamic - Biodyvin 1998
    • Size: 0.234 ha
    • Vine Age: Planted: 1996
    • Soil: Shallow calcareous clay
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2022 vintage was ultimately an excellent surprise for all the winegrowers in Burgundy, in quantity and above all in quality. The hot, even scorching summer that we experienced made us wonder about how our vines would react. It is clear that they adapted very well, which allows us to be optimistic about this 2022 vintage. The weather was nice and warm in the first half of July, then hot with a heat wave on July 19 and 20. Fortunately the morning temperatures remained below 20°C. We experienced a third heat wave from August 1-4. From August 14, the weather became milder again with small daily rains which allowed the vegetation to finish its maturity. We began the harvest on August 25, which exactly met our expectations, allowing us to accelerate the harvest while allowing long pressings, beneficial for the quality of the musts.

  • Vinification

    • Hand harvested, sorted and pressed in Mâcon, the wine is decanted overnight and brought back to Puligny for both fermentation and aging at the Domaine. Fermented entirely in French oak barrels, and further aged for 12 months, followed by 6 months in stainless steel.

    • Aging: 12 months in French oak barrels, then 6 months in stainless steel vat before bottling
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  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • “Intense and expressive, this white features apricot, peach, briny mineral and pastry flavors. Balanced and supple, with a firm line of acidity for structure. It all comes together nicely on the lengthy finish.”

      — Bruce Sanderson