Meursault 1er Cru Sous le Dos D’âne 2017

Olivier Leflaive

Terroir: Meursault 1er Cru Sous le Dos d’Âne is located next to Meursault Perrières Dessus, on the territory of Blagny. The sloping terroir is on a fat, marly and stony soil, which gives the flint mineral flavor to the wine. The vine happens to suffer from dryness in summer. It is a former Domaine Leflaive property.

Vinification The parcels are hand harvested and undergo alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel. The Maison restricts the use of new oak to just 25% to retain vineyard character. The wines see on average 12 months in barrel before a gentle fining, blending and finally bottling. The wine will rest in bottle for 15-18 months prior to release.

Additional Information

Pretty green-gold in color. The nose is fragrant with honey and spices. The mouth is sumptuous and rich, with elegant mid-palate flavors and lovely texture, bounce, finesse and silkiness.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Meursault
  • Winemaker: Franck Grux
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Calcareous clay
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019
    "The 2017 Meursault 1er Cru Sous le Dos d'Âne (Récolte du Domaine) is showing very well, opening in the glass with a youthful bouquet of green pear, fresh peach, nutmeg, pastry cream and crushed chalk, followed by a medium to full-bodied, racy and incisive palate, with a pretty core of fruit, a bright spine of acidity and a long, precise finish. One of the finest renditions of this bottling that I've tasted, it's a tightly wound Meursault that will reward some bottle age. As is the case across the board, the closure is Diam 10."
    Grade: 92+ points
  • Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
    "2017 White. A deft application of wood sets off notes of hazelnut, citrus peel and acacia blossom. The sleek and precise yet nicely rich medium-bodied flavors aren’t quite as powerful but the finish is even more complex and somewhat unusually, even more persistent."
    Grade: Sweet Spot, 90-93 points
  • Author: Jancis Robinson
    Date: Friday, January 18, 2019
    "Rich and almost heavy. Maybe almost too concentrated (!) but well-done expression."
    Grade: 16+/20, Superiore

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