dom leflaive bourg blanc
Manual harvesting with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.
2 parcels: "Les Houlières" (40 ouvrées, that is 4.23 acres) planted in 1979 and 1982, and "Les Parties" (35 ouvrées, that is 3.78 acres) planted in 1998, 1999 and . Surface: 3ha 24a (8.01 acres).
Long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must. Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 12% new (maxi 1/3 Vosges, mini 2/3 Allier). Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling. Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary
Leflaive's Bourgogne Blanc is excellent and one of the finest generic bottlings to be found in the Côte de Beaune this year, offering up a note of fresh lemon, nutmeg and chamomile that is already quite expressive. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, sappy and ample, with impressive dimension and concentration for its level and a long, controlled finish. The balance here is excellent, and this outpaces plenty of villages level white Burgundies in this vintage.