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Domaine Leflaive

Domaine Leflaive is not just Puligny-Montrachet's most famous and benchmark domaine, it is revered the world over as one of the single-greatest maker's of Chardonnay on the planet.  With nearly 25 hectares of vines, including more than five hectares of grands crus and nearly 10 hectares of premiers crus, Leflaive is one of the most important domaines in Burgundy.  Depth, concentration and complexity are the hallmarks here, courtesy of exceptional quality fruit and considered, minimalist winemaking.domaine-leflaive-tanks.jpg

Leflaive were one of the very first high-profile makers to fully embrace biodynamics, commencing with a trial in 1990 in Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet.  Quickly further plots were utilised for trials, and by 1993 the domaine was progressively converted, the process fully complete by 1997.  Furthermore, viticulture is meticulous, with an emphasis on very low yields, and only the healthiest fruit is utilised (with under-ripe and inferior fruit discarded prior to the press) by means of severe selection on the sorting tables.

domaine-leflaive.jpgEric Remy took over as regisseur from the legendary Pierre Morey in 2008, yet has maintained winemaking techniques.  The fruit is fermented in large wooden vats for all parcels, and new oak in kept to a minimum for the wine's elevage (between 10% for the Bourgogne up to 25% for the grands crus - although the miniscule volume of Le Montrachet is aged entirely in new oak).  The wines are left on lees for around a year until their first racking as they are transferred into stainless steel vats to preserve freshness.

Superlatives are nearly impossible to avoid when describing Leflaive's wines, especially the upper tier of the hierarchy.  They are little short of amazing, and must be drunk to be believed.  The only question is when...as their ageing potential is most impressive.

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