Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon – 2012

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Burgundy
    • Location: 1 parcel in Puligny-Montrachet
    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
    • Size: 4.79 hectares (11.84 acres)
    • Vine Age: Planted in 1959, 1960, 1962, 1972, 1973, 1981, 1983, 1988
    • 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 1/2 Vosges, minimum 1/2 allier)
      Matured 12 months in cask, then aged 6 months in tank, where it is prepared for bottling
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering at bottling, if necessary



  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon – 2012 – 94 points – Wine Spectator Insider

    "A classy white, creamy in texture and racy, featuring lemon, apple, hazelnut, nut oil and mineral aromas and flavors. Intense and airy at once, building to a long aftertaste of citrus and mineral. The oak lends the right amount of support ... "

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon – 2012 – 89 – 91 points – The Wine Advocate

    "…matured in 25% new oak. It has a light bouquet of grass clippings and green apple, the mineralité just dialed down a notch. The palate is crisp and fresh on the entry with very good acidity..."

  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon – 2012 – 90-92 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    "Peach and a grilled note on the nose and palate; still a bit lactic. Fatter and sweeter than the village wine but suaver too. Finishes broad, quite dry and long. This struck me as like a baby Batard."