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2009 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

FRANCE / BURGUNDY / PULIGNY-MONTRACHET/CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET
abv 13.5%
  • 96 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Chardonnay
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SKU: 43959-2009

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    A sleek, focused white, showing butter, honey, peach and baked apple flavors. There's a textural component that suggests light tannins, with a long honey finish.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Bright, green-tinged yellow. Lime, powdered stone and mint on the nose, along with a buttery nuance. Dense, saline, sappy and intensely flavored; offers very good cut for a wine with such breadth and richness. The white peach and lime tea flavors are complemented by a hint of exotic fruits. Much more powerful and chewy than the Bienvenue (this is 13.5% alcohol), not to mention more structured. Finishes with a whiplash of mirabelle, honey and jasmine.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: September/October 2011
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Flowery nose. Very dense. Quite charming on the nose already. Very supple with the weight almost overpowering the very considerable acidity. Crystalline on the palate with a hint even of barley sugar. Expansive, rich and round and a hint of lime. Lip smacking and deceptively open but it would be a shame to drink this too young. Very long.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 2009 Batard-Montrachet positively explodes from the glass. Round, sweet and expressive, the wine saturates the palate with masses of fruit in a bold, powerful style that is utterly irresistible. The finish is intense and resonant in all directions. Remy notes that the Batard is the only 2009 above 14% in alcohol.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Unbelievably deep. Otherworldly scent of roses along with other florals and a slight hint of cinnamon on the nose. Flawless on the palate, with perfect balance. Just enough acid, just enough fat. Minerality present but muted. Quince, fresh peach and sweet apple on the palate. No weak spots at all, front to back. Really reluctant to hand out perfect scores but this one deserved it. Served out of magnum. Surreal.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2020
    Author: John Yoyodyne
"If the blessed slopes of the Cote d'Or are home to the ultimate expression of Chardonnay, then Anne-Claude Leflaive could be regarded as the magician, some might use the word "shaman", who can conjure wine like no other from this propitious terroir." - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

Burgundy is home to some of the greatest and most expensive wines in the world. Stretching from Auxerre in the north to Lyon in the south, the region's most famous section is the limestone-rich Côte d'Or. Vineyards in Burgundy are classified according to their locations on the hillsides. Only 2% of total production is from grand cru sites, while premier cru and village-level wines are more common. It is rare for one domaine to own an entire vineyard; rather the land has been divided down to individual rows, in some cases as a result of inheritance laws. While other varieties can be found in Burgundy, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reign supreme. The best examples are capable of aging for 15 years or more, a rarity for these two varieties, making them highly valuable. 

Chardonnay is a versatile variety that can grow in a wide range of climates, and its neutral flavor profile offers a blank canvas for winemakers to impart their style. In cool climates, Chardonnay displays flavors of green fruit and citrus. As the climate becomes more moderate, flavors of white peach and melon develop. In warm and hot climates, aromas of banana, pineapple, and other tropical fruit are common.

The best Old-World Chardonnay comes from Burgundy, where it is uniquely reflective of terroir and can express many different flavor profiles even within this relatively small region. In Chablis, the northernmost part of Burgundy, wines are often unoaked and known for their minerality, high acidity, and aromas of green apple, citrus, wet stone, and slate. In the Côte de Beaune, further south, wines are typically aged in neutral French oak and have flavors of stone fruit, toast, almond, and cream. Burgundian producers pioneered the techniques that are now associated with high-quality Chardonnay around the world, including barrel fermentation, barrel ageing, malolactic fermentation, and maturation on lees. The best wines, from producers like Domaine Leflaive, Bouchard Père & Fils, and Domaine William Fèvre, can age in the bottle for a decade or more, developing complex aromas of nuts and mushroom.

New-World Chardonnay tends to grow in warmer climates than in the Old World, producing wines that are full-bodied, high in alcohol, and low in acidity. Use of American oak imparts flavors of vanilla, clove, hazelnut, butter, and caramel on top of peach and banana fruit. Look to Californian producers in Napa and Sonoma, including Kistler, Peter Michael, and Aubert, for the highest-quality versions of this New-World style.

Chardonnay’s versatility makes it a great option for pairing. High-acid wines from Chablis are the perfect accompaniment to oysters or clams, while oak-forward Napa wines are the best match for buttery lobster. Halibut, cod, and chicken breast are classic pairings with white Burgundy. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 331 bottles owned
  • 45 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 100
    (Out of 45 collectors)