2001 Leflaive (Domaine) - Montrachet 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Beaune - Chassagne Montrachet | Grand Cru/ White / Chardonnay   |     Watch

IWC 91-94  
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91-94

(still has a good bit of unconverted malic acidity) Deep, oily, musky nose of iodine, charry oak and light sulfides. Very intensely flavored and minerally, but youthfully austere today. The malic acidity gives the lemon and apple flavors a distinctly hard aspect, yet this young Montrachet already shows superb density and considerable class. Conveys an almost saline impression of extract and finishes very long and firm. "More salty than vegetal," notes Morey.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 104

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Average rating: 92, based on 1 reviews

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12 bottles owned by 8 collectors.

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About This Producer


"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

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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