Domaine Leflaive 2016 Bourgogne Blanc


"The 2016 Bourgogne Blanc has quite a powerful bouquet with fresh lemon peel and light granitic notes. The palate is well balanced with a slightly oily texture, good acidity, quite powerful with a tangy finish that just needs a little more mineralité coming through.

I have been visiting Domaine Leflaive since the late 1990s—always the same address close to the Montrachet restaurant in the heart of Puligny village. The domaine has not so much "changed" but "changed tack" since the untimely passing of Anne-Claude Leflaive and the subsequent passing of the gauntlet to Brice de la Mondarie. So perhaps I should not have been surprised when I was instructed to ring the doorbell at a different address to the one I was accustomed: their cuverie and first-year barrel cellar almost opposite the cellars of Jean-Jacques Confuron. In fact, I learned that the family owns practically the entire Rue de l’Eglise, an accretion of real estate parceled with piecemeal vineyard acquisitions over decades. I must confess that tasting in the "engine room" put a different slant on my own perspective of Leflaive. Not that I have never seen a vat room in my life. I've seen one or two. But suddenly I discovered subtle improvements in recent months. They have removed all the air conditioning and replaced it with naturally insulating material in order to create a more tranquil environment, using dry straw compacted behind the impressive arch-shaped, ocher-colored, high-ceiling walls. And of course here their new winemaker, former Domaine de la Vougeraie maestro Pierre Vincent, has worked since his appointment in January 2017."  85-87 Points Robert Parker

Collections: France, French - Burgundy, Wine

Type: WINE

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