Domaines Leflaive

Bourgogne, France

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles — 2022

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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.

      WINE: This climat is located in the town of Puligny just north of the Bâtard and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet with the same altitude and soil. This climat is often considered as the best Premier in Puligny and can rival its neighbors in some vintages where its minerality will contrast with the intensity of the two Bâtards.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Les Pucelles – 3 parcels in Puligny-Montrachet,
      3ha 06a (7.56 acres)
      “le clos du meix”: 26 ouvrées (2.77 acres),
      planted in 1981 and 1985
      “la grande”: 29.5 ouvrées (3.12 acres),
      planted in 1954, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1963
      “la petite”: 8.5 ouvrées (0.91 acre) planted in 1969

    • Vineyards: Les Pucelles
    • Appellation: Puligny Montrachet, Premier Cru, AOC
    • Location: Bourgogne, Côte de Beaune
    • Cultivation: Organic - Ecocert 1992 Biodynamic - Biodyvin 1998
    • Vine Age: Planted: 1954, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1969, 1981, 1985
    • Soil: Calcareous clay
    • Elevation: 230m
    • Exposure: Southeast
  • 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

    • Long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must. Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 25% new (maximum 1/2 Vosges, minimum 1/2 Allier). After 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling. Fining and very light filtering if necessary.

    • Aging: 12 months in oak casks - 25% new, followed by 6 months in stainless steel
  • Technical Information

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