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2008 Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet

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ITEM 8669778 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Bidder Amount Total
$660
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RATINGS

95Wine Spectator

...there's plenty of substance in this racy white. Lime blossom, blood orange, citronella and hazelnut flavors are at the core, while spice and stone elements emerge on the finish. Finishes with a cascade of citrus and spice notes.

91-93Stephen Tanzer

Reticent nose hints at a subtle spicy quality. Rich, sweet and layered, with flavors of yellow fruits, flowers and spices.

91-94Burghound.com

...exhibit hints of honeysuckle and fennel nuances that complement perfectly the textured, rich and sweet medium plus weight flavors that are quite supple yet remain detailed, energetic and strikingly long on the explosive finish.

PRODUCER

Domaine Leflaive

Domaine Leflaive, in Puligny-Montrachet, traces its roots back 2,000 years to vineyards planted during the Roman era. More specifically, the domaine was founded in the 1920s when Joseph Leflaive, an engineer by training, began replanting the family vineyards with improved grape vines. He sold wine to friends and later made it into a business. After his death in 1953 his children ran the estate. The business is still owned and managed by the Leflaive family and its white Burgundies are renowned for their quality. With 58 acres of vineyards planted entirely to Chardonnay, the domaine produces fewer than 4,000 cases of Montrachet annually. Since 1998 Domaine Leflaive has been farmed entirely according to biodynamic principles, which, among other things, means that no pesticides, chemicals or artificial fertilizers of any kind are used.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet, Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet

Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet is the smallest of the four Puligny-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay vineyards at 9.1 acres. It is on the northeast slope of Puligny-Montrachet Grand Cru appellation. Burgundy writer Clive Coates has noted that at its best, Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet “has a fatness, a honeyed or honeysuckle fragrance and certain delicacy.” The largest landholders are Leflaive, 2.7 acres; Ramonet, 1.4 acres; and Vincent Girardin, 1.2 acres.

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay, Grand Cru

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.