Domaine Leflaive

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Domaine Leflaive: The Importance

Domaine Leflaive has long been an icon of white Burgundy and is globally recognised as the most famous estate in Puligny-Montrachet. Adored by Chardonnay connoisseurs, this family-owned winery is distinguished by the care they take throughout the vinification process. Wine Advocate’s Neil Martin put it exceptionally well when he said: “If you do not like Leflaive's wines, then you do not like white Burgundy.

 

The winery was hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “the greatest of all Puligny producers, the kind of wine that should be delivered by Grace Kelly. And Robert Parker rates them as “Outstanding”, saying that they “set standards for white Burgundy that few other estates can approach” and that “their Puligny Premier Crus and Grands Crus combine richness and polish with depth and at times almost a lacy intricacy of flavour that can take a taster’s breath away. No one should pass up a chance to purchase villages Puligny or generic Bourgogne from this estate either, and even those are worth cellaring.”

 

In 1976, Leflaive’s Premier Cru wine Les Pucelles was chosen to compete in the renowned Judgement of Paris, one of only four French whites selected. Les Pucelles is a true testament to the producer’s transcendent craftsmanship and has also been welcomed at the prestigious Grand European Wine Jury of 1997 as well as the 1980 Great Chardonnay Showdown in Chicago.

 

Domaine Leflaive: The Insight

As a leader of biodynamic viticulture, Domaine Leflaive is renowned for the attention to detail and care that goes in to nourishing each vine from ground to bottle. This organic method of cultivation enriches the soil with plant-based compounds, thus sparing the vines of harmful herbicides and allowing the wine to exude the particularities of the Puligny-Montrachet terroir.

 

Their Grand Cru wines have consistently scored highly with Wine Advocate, Neal Martin describes them as “wines with audacity and ambition.” Le Montrachet, Batard Montrachet, Bienvenue Batard Montrachet and Chevalier Montrachet dominate Wine Advocate’s top scorers from this domaine, all of which are produced in tiny quantities. It is also worth noting that Neal Martin flags up Domaine Leflaive’s ability to “transcend the limitations of the growing season” – so even in less than favourable vintages their wines are worthy of consideration.

 

For those looking for an accessible opportunity to taste the top quality white Burgundy produced by this domaine, their Bourgogne Blanc and Mâcon Verzé provide just that.

 

Domaine Leflaive’s wines age excellently. Allen Meadows has previously noted that one particular vintage of Le Montrachet “even at almost 20 years of age… is still cruising along like it was only 10 as the freshness of the aromas is uncanny.” To help judge when the wines are ready to drink, Domaine Leflaive’s website provides an excellent database of recommendations by wine and by vintage.

 

Domaine Leflaive: The Background

The winery traces its roots back to 1717, when Claude Leflaive relocated to Puligny-Montrachet to cultivate several acres of vineyard. It was in the early 1900s when Joseph Leflaive, a brilliant marine engineer and descendant of Claude’s, expanded the family’s foothold with a series of vineyard purchases and established Domaine Leflaive as a top quality producer.

 

Today the domaine extends over 22 hectares with nearly 11 hectares of Premiers Crus (in Les Combettes, Les Pucelles, Le Clavoillon, Les Folatières and Sous le Dos d’Ane) and 5 hectares of Grand Crus (in Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet and Le Montrachet). Domaine Leflaive became Burgundy’s leading biodynamic producer thanks to the stewardship of Joseph’s granddaughter, Anne-Claude, who became head of the domaine in 1990. She ran this in tandem with her cousin for two years, but he broke off to run a separate négociant business: Olivier Leflaive. After Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée Conti put her in touch with a biodynamic consultant, Anne-Claude became a real pioneer of the farming practice.

 

After her untimely death in 2015, Anne-Claude was succeeded by her nephew Brice de La Morandière - the fourth generation to lead the domaine. The winery continues to uphold the Burgundian tradition with year-long fermentation in oak barrels before clarification in stainless steel tanks throughout the second winter. It is this respect for exceptional viticulture and winemaking that has earned Domaine Leflaive a place in the cellars of Burgundy aficionados across the world.

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2016 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2016 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Burgundy

£1,375.00
£1,375.00
£117.00

2016 Puligny Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2016 Puligny Montrachet Burgundy

£946.00
£946.00
£473.00
£81.00

2016 Macon Verze Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2016 Macon Verze Burgundy

£337.00
£337.00
£170.00
£337.00
£31.00

2015 Chevalier Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

95.0

2015 Chevalier Montrachet Burgundy

95.0
£10,752.00
£10,752.00
£5,377.00
£2,687.00
£896.00
£1,793.00
Duty Paid £1,793.00
£3,673.00

2015 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.0

2015 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Burgundy

92.0
£5,076.00
£5,076.00
£2,538.00
£423.00

2015 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Burgundy

£1,945.00
£974.00
£164.00

2015 Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Burgundy

£1,334.00
£1,334.00
£666.00
£1,334.00
£666.00
£114.00
Duty Paid £114.00

2015 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Burgundy

£1,374.00
£1,374.00
£686.00
£686.00
£117.00

2015 Pouilly Fuisse Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Pouilly Fuisse Burgundy

£395.00
£395.00
£199.00

2015 Macon Verze Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Macon Verze Burgundy

£274.00
£274.00
£274.00

2015 Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.75

2015 Batard Montrachet Burgundy

92.75
£5,210.00
£5,210.00
£2,605.00
£434.00
Duty Paid £434.00

2015 Bourgogne Blanc Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Bourgogne Blanc Burgundy

£459.00
£459.00
£230.00
£41.00

2015 Puligny Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Puligny Montrachet Burgundy

£840.00
£420.00

2015 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.5

2015 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes Burgundy

92.5
£2,192.00
£1,097.00
£184.00

2015 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

93.0

2015 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Burgundy

93.0
£2,665.00
£2,665.00
£445.00
£223.00

2015 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Burgundy

£2,556.00
£2,556.00

2015 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Burgundy

£1,187.00
£1,187.00

2015 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.0

2015 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Burgundy

92.0
£4,877.00
£4,877.00

2015 Chevalier Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

93.0

2015 Chevalier Montrachet Burgundy

93.0
TBC

2014 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.1

2014 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Burgundy

92.1
£1,321.00
£659.00
£112.00

2014 Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

90.83

2014 Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Burgundy

90.83
£1,457.00
£727.00
£124.00

2014 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.88

2014 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Burgundy

92.88
£2,375.00
£199.00

2014 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

93.67

2014 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Burgundy

93.67
£4,375.00
£2,186.00
£364.00

2014 Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.67

2014 Batard Montrachet Burgundy

92.67
£4,761.00
£396.00
Duty Paid £396.00

2014 Bourgogne Blanc Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

86.25

2014 Bourgogne Blanc Burgundy

86.25
£465.00
£42.00

2014 Puligny Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

89.67

2014 Puligny Montrachet Burgundy

89.67
£1,031.00
£1,031.00
£515.00
£88.00

2014 Macon Verze Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

88.0

2014 Macon Verze Burgundy

88.0
£301.00
£301.00
£152.00

2014 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2014 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Burgundy

£1,998.00
£1,000.00
£168.00
Duty Paid £168.00

2014 Chevalier Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

96.5

2014 Chevalier Montrachet Burgundy

96.5
£6,836.00
£569.00

2014 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.67

2014 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes Burgundy

92.67
£3,126.00
£261.00

2014 Bourgogne Chardonnay Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2014 Bourgogne Chardonnay Burgundy

£641.00
£56.00

2013 Chevalier Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

95.0

2013 Chevalier Montrachet Burgundy

95.0
£5,926.00
£1,480.00
£493.00

2013 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

93.0

2013 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Burgundy

93.0
£4,124.00
£4,124.00
£2,062.00
£1,032.00
£344.00
Duty Paid £344.00
£687.00

2013 Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

89.0

2013 Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Burgundy

89.0
£1,067.00
£533.00
£533.00
£263.00

2013 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.0

2013 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Burgundy

92.0
£1,309.00
£653.00
£653.00
£111.00

2013 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

93.0

2013 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Burgundy

93.0
£2,610.00
£2,610.00
£1,306.00
£1,306.00
£219.00

2013 Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

97.0

2013 Batard Montrachet Burgundy

97.0
£4,351.00
£4,351.00
£1,088.00
£362.00
£725.00

2013 Bourgogne Blanc Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

86.0

2013 Bourgogne Blanc Burgundy

86.0
£454.00
£454.00
£228.00

2013 Pouilly Fuisse Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2013 Pouilly Fuisse Burgundy

£384.00
£384.00

2013 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet (oc) Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2013 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet (oc) Burgundy

£3,974.00
£994.00
£331.00

2012 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.0

2012 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Burgundy

92.0
£1,743.00
Duty Paid £147.00

2012 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.0

2012 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes Burgundy

92.0
£2,196.00
£1,099.00

2012 Puligny Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

89.5

2012 Puligny Montrachet Burgundy

89.5
£1,010.00
£1,010.00
£505.00

2012 Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

93.25

2012 Batard Montrachet Burgundy

93.25
£4,447.00
£1,112.00
£370.00

2012 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

93.5

2012 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Burgundy

93.5
£2,198.00
£1,100.00

2012 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

94.0

2012 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Burgundy

94.0
£3,599.00
£901.00
£300.00
Duty Paid £300.00

2012 Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

90.0

2012 Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Burgundy

90.0
£1,175.00
£587.00
£100.00

2012 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet (oc) Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2012 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet (oc) Burgundy

£4,483.00
£373.00

2011 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

93.0

2011 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Burgundy

93.0
£4,124.00
£4,124.00
£2,062.00
£4,124.00
£344.00

2011 Chevalier Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

93.75

2011 Chevalier Montrachet Burgundy

93.75
£4,932.00
£2,465.00
£411.00
Duty Paid £411.00

2011 Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

94.5

2011 Batard Montrachet Burgundy

94.5
£3,695.00
£925.00
£308.00

2011 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

91.0

2011 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Burgundy

91.0
£2,459.00
£1,229.00
£206.00

2011 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.0

2011 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes Burgundy

92.0
£1,902.00
£952.00
£952.00
£160.00
Duty Paid £160.00

2011 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet (oc) Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2011 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet (oc) Burgundy

£4,048.00
£2,024.00

2011 Puligny Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

89.0

2011 Puligny Montrachet Burgundy

89.0
£900.00
£78.00

2010 Puligny Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

90.0

2010 Puligny Montrachet Burgundy

90.0
£1,095.00
£1,095.00
£547.00
£1,095.00
£94.00

2010 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

95.0

2010 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Burgundy

95.0
£2,605.00
£1,303.00
£218.00
£890.00

2010 Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

97.0

2010 Batard Montrachet Burgundy

97.0
£5,210.00
£2,605.00
£434.00
£868.00

2010 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2010 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes Burgundy

£2,375.00
£199.00

2010 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

97.0

2010 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Burgundy

97.0
£4,315.00
£2,156.00
£359.00

2010 Chevalier Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

95.0

2010 Chevalier Montrachet Burgundy

95.0
£7,282.00
£607.00

2010 Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2010 Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Burgundy

£1,321.00
£659.00
£112.00

2010 Bourgogne Blanc Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

90.0

2010 Bourgogne Blanc Burgundy

90.0
£577.00
£577.00

2010 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet (oc) Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2010 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet (oc) Burgundy

£5,477.00
£2,737.00
£1,369.00
£456.00

2010 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.0

2010 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Burgundy

92.0
£1,745.00
£148.00

2009 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

94.0

2009 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Burgundy

94.0
£4,519.00
£2,258.00
£376.00
£753.00

2009 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.0

2009 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Burgundy

92.0
£2,090.00
£2,090.00
£1,046.00
£1,046.00
£176.00
£348.00

2009 Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2009 Batard Montrachet Burgundy

£4,826.00
£4,826.00
£2,412.00
£402.00

2009 Puligny Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

88.0

2009 Puligny Montrachet Burgundy

88.0
£1,049.00
£1,049.00
£90.00

2009 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

93.0

2009 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Burgundy

93.0
£2,689.00
£1,345.00
£1,345.00
£225.00

2009 Chevalier Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

96.0

2009 Chevalier Montrachet Burgundy

96.0
£6,507.00
£3,252.00
£542.00
£1,084.00

2009 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

91.0

2009 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Burgundy

91.0
£1,402.00
£1,402.00

2009 Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

2009 Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Burgundy

£1,429.00
£121.00

2009 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

91.0

2009 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes Burgundy

91.0
£2,351.00
£1,175.00

2008 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

91.0

2008 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Burgundy

91.0
£2,375.00
£1,187.00

2008 Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.5

2008 Batard Montrachet Burgundy

92.5
£4,785.00
£2,393.00
£4,785.00
£398.00
Duty Paid £398.00

2008 Puligny Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

88.5

2008 Puligny Montrachet Burgundy

88.5
£949.00
£949.00
£949.00

2008 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.0

2008 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Burgundy

92.0
£2,351.00
£1,175.00
£197.00
Duty Paid £197.00
£391.00

2008 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

90.5

2008 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Burgundy

90.5
£1,530.00
£1,530.00

2008 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.5

2008 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Burgundy

92.5
£3,599.00
£300.00
Duty Paid £300.00

2008 Chevalier Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

94.5

2008 Chevalier Montrachet Burgundy

94.5
£5,688.00
Duty Paid £474.00
£948.00

2007 Puligny Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

89.5

2007 Puligny Montrachet Burgundy

89.5
£1,211.00
£1,211.00
£1,211.00
£103.00
£203.00

2007 Batard Montrachet Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

93.0

2007 Batard Montrachet Burgundy

93.0
£5,090.00
£2,545.00

2007 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

94.0

2007 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles Burgundy

94.0
£2,204.00
£185.00

2007 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

91.83

2007 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes Burgundy

91.83
£2,459.00
£206.00
£410.00

2007 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Leflaive; Domaine Burgundy

92.0

2007 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Burgundy

92.0
£2,294.00
£1,147.00
£212.00
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