2013 Domaine Leflaive, Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru, Bottle (750ml) VM93+
2016 Domaine Leflaive, Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru, Case of 3 btls
2015 Domaine Leflaive, Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru, Bottle (750ml) RP94+/VM94
2016 Domaine Leflaive, Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru, Bottle (750ml) DR94
2014 Domaine Leflaive, Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru, Bottle (750ml) DR94

Domaine Leflaive – A Premier Burgundy Estate “…more a sensation than a wine” Neal Martin

Burgundy, often regarded as the holy grail of wine regions, is home to some of the world's most prestigious vineyards and wineries. Among them, Domaine Leflaive stands out as a true gem. This renowned estate has a rich history, a commitment to biodynamic winemaking, and an unwavering dedication to producing some of the finest white wines in the world. In this blog, we will delve into the fascinating world of Domaine Leflaive and discover what makes it a cornerstone of Burgundy's winemaking heritage.

A Brief Look at History

Domaine Leflaive has a history dating all the way back to the 18th century. Joseph Leflaive (1870-1953) emerged as a trailblazer, establishing the estate, and harmoniously integrating it into the essence of Burgundian terroir. After acquiring the property, the Leflaive family quickly began to implement innovative and unique winemaking practices. Anne-Claude Leflaive, a visionary winemaker, took the helm in the 1990s and played a pivotal role in elevating the estate's reputation. She was a pioneer in introducing biodynamic viticulture to Burgundy, which is a farming method that emphasizes organic and holistic approaches to grape growing. Her passion and dedication laid the foundation for the estate's current success.

The Vineyard Holdings

Domaine Leflaive focuses primarily on the production of Chardonnay wines from the Côte de Beaune sub region of Burgundy, specifically the prestigious villages of Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. Their holdings span over 21 hectares, and they own several premier and grand cru vineyards, including:
Bâtard-Montrachet: This Grand Cru vineyard is renowned for producing some of the most opulent and complex white wines in the world. Domaine Leflaive's Bâtard-Montrachet is highly sought after and reflects the estate's commitment to excellence.
Chevalier-Montrachet: Another Grand Cru vineyard, Chevalier-Montrachet, produces wines with a distinctive mineral character. Domaine Leflaive's offering from this vineyard is a testament to their terroir-driven approach.
Les Pucelles: This premier cru vineyard is located in Puligny-Montrachet and consistently produces harmonious wines of excellence. Domaine Leflaive's Les Pucelles is a shining example of their craftsmanship.

True Sustainability

Domaine Leflaive is a pioneer in biodynamic viticulture, a method that goes beyond organic farming. Biodynamics seeks to create a self-sustaining and harmonious ecosystem in the vineyard. The estate's commitment to this approach has not only improved the quality of their wines but also reflects their dedication to sustainable agriculture.
The biodynamic approach involves using natural preparations and lunar cycles to guide farming activities. It's a holistic philosophy that aims to strengthen the vine's immune system and enhance the expression of terroir in the wines. The result of this ethical approach are wines with purity, finesse, and a deep sense of spirit and place.

Signature Wines

“…more a sensation than a wine” Neal Martin for Pomerol
That Robert Parker quote is just one of many to describe these incredible wines. The wines of Domaine Leflaive are highly regarded for their purity, precision, and incredible aging potential. Some of their notable offerings include the Puligny-Montrachet, Clavoillon, Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet and more.
RP98 “spine-tingling, powerful, almost bewildering bouquet that just envelops the senses and knocks you sideways with its untrammeled intensity: yellow flowers, cold limestone and a touch of grilled walnut. The palate is harmonious and powerful with honey-tinged citrus fruit, perfect acidity and a crescendo of flavors that fan out gloriously towards the finish.” Neal Martin for the Wine Advocate - 1998 Leflaive Montrachet

Cornerstone of the Burgundy Fine Wine Scene

Domaine Leflaive is a true Burgundian treasure. Their unwavering commitment to biodynamic winemaking and their exceptional vineyard holdings in Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault make them a cornerstone of the Burgundy wine scene. With a history steeped in tradition and a vision for sustainable winemaking, their wines continue to captivate wine enthusiasts everywhere. Domaine Leflaive's reputation ensures their legacy as one of the world's finest white wine producers endures for generations to come.
Written by: Arabella Maislinger
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