Olivier Leflaive - Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2017
In 1984 Olivier and Patrick Leflaive left the family business, Domaine Leflaive, to establish the negociant house that bears their name. At the same time, they agreed with their family at Domaine Leflaive that the vineyards they owned would remain under contract with the Domaine. This contract came to term in 2010 and the vineyards have now come back under the control of Olivier and Patrick Leflaive and their company, Olivier Leflaive Frères. It is a spectacular holding including parcels of Bâtard Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Puligny Montrachet Pucelles and Meursault Blagny. These holdings join the properties in Chassagne Montrachet, Abbaye de Morgeot and Clos St Marc, that have always been managed by Olivier Leflaive Frères and bring the new Domaine Olivier Leflaive to a total of close to 17 hectares, most Premier and Grand Cru. The new parcels are referred to as Recolte du Domaine and are all farmed biodynamically (as they were under the management of Domaine Leflaive). The first vintage for these new wines is 2010.
Terroir: The Grand Cru Bâtard Montrachet sits just below Le Montrachet and borders Chevalier Montrachet to the north. The 28 acre vineyard is split between the AOC's of Chassagne and Puligny Montachet. Domaine Olivier Leflaive owns a total of .18 acres split between to parcels on the Puligny side of the vineyard. The plots run from top to bottom with exposures to the southeast. Grapes here are farmed biodynamically and vines average more than 48 years old.
Vinification: Whole berries are pressed and undergo fermentation entirely in oak barrels, 35% of which are new. The wines are then aged for 12 months in barrel followed by 5 months in stainless steel prior to a light fining and filtering.
Additional Details editRich green gold in color, this wine has opulently fragrant and very expressive aromas. The palate is powerfully structured, with thrilling fruit concentration and magnificent length. Finesse, complexity and elegance.
- Appellation: Bâtard-Montrachet
- Winemaker: Franck Grux
- Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
- Soil: Calcareous
- Vineyard Acreage: .7 of 12ha
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- Alcohol: 12%
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- Sizes Available: 750ml
- Pack Size: 6/750ml
- Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Recent News edit
Wine Enthusiast Rating: 97
Author: Roger Voss
Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
"A blend from four parcels in this famed grand cru, this wine offers a panoply of ripe fruit as well as a dense structure. Acidity comes from the wood aging as well as the fruit to balance this intense wine. It will certainly age, so drink from 2023."
The Wine Advocate
Author: William Kelley
Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2019
"The 2017 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru (Récolte du Domaine) unwinds in the glass with a complex bouquet of citrus oil, nectarine, fresh pear, dried white flowers, honeycomb, orange blossom and warm bread. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and muscular, with more cut and tension than the house's négociant bottling of Bâtard and a longer, chalkier and better defined finish. Bottled under Diam 10, this is a concentrated, structured Bâtard that will reward extended bottle age. Bravo to Franck Grux and his team."