Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru 2010 Domaine Leflaive

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This is the Grand Cru which the great Vincent Leflaive worshipped the most as it embodies everything that is great in the very finest white Burgundy- masculinity, reserve, richness and depth.
Type:
Vintage:
2010
Size:
75cl
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
100% Chardonnay
Style:
N/A
ABV:
13%
Producer:
Region:
Country:
France
Sub Region:
Chevalier-Montrachet
Sub Sub Region:
Puligny-Montrachet
Body:
Rich, rounded and full flavoured
Drinking Window:
Drink now through to 2030
Closure Type:
Cork
£960.00
 

Domaine Leflaive

Domaine Leflaive can trace its history back ten generations to 1717 however its modern history started in 1920 when Joseph Leflaive, an engineer who helped design France's first submarine, started to replant the family vines, with his sons Vincent and Jo later establishing an international reputation for the estate. Anne-Claude, daughter of the much admired Vincent, ran the estate from 1993 until her untimely death in 2015, adopting organic then biodynamic methods, reaching full accreditation in 1997. They spread tiny amounts of powdered silica in the vines to aid photosynthesis and even sprayed them with arnica and valerian after big hail storms to kick start the vines back into action. One result has been higher acidity levels, with freshness being retained in flabbier vintages. The estate extends to 23.5 ha, mostly in Puligny with almost 11 ha of premier cru including large holdings of Clavoillon and Pucelles as well as almost five hectares of grand cru. Ploughing and no artificial fertilisers make their vines particularly deep-rooted, helping to shape their powerful and complex wines. All the wines are vinified in oak barrels over about ten months before being transferred back to very small stainless steel tanks for a further eight months to undergo a natural clarification, finally being bottled 18 months after vintage.

Tasting Notes

A classic Chevalier, showing subtlety, intelligence and restraint with a lacy structure and delectable bursts of intense small berry fruits and white flowers. The detailing is quite phenomenal,as close to perfection as one can hope for.

Food Matches

Seared Halibut with a beurre blanc sauce