2011 Leflaive (Domaine) - Batard-Montrachet 750ml

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

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. The Bâtard-Montrachet 2011 from Anne-Claude Leflaive is slightly deeper in color than its peers. The nose is a little austere at first, but it unfolds nicely with impressive mineral (slate and flint) scents, well defined and poised. The palate is well balanced with a keen thread of acidity. There is a bright citric heart to this Bâtard-Montrachet with fleeting touches of nectarine and citrus lemon joining the edgy mineral finish. This is a classy Grand Cru ' regal but not imposing.

Drink Dates: 2016-2035
Author: Neal Martin

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

This is laced with floral, citrus, apple, honey and baking spice aromas and flavors. Takes on a linear shape, remaining persistent and building to a fine, long aftertaste of mineral and spice.

Drink Dates: 2017-2028
Author: Bruce Sanderson

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Burghound | Rating: 92-94

This is even more expressive and more aromatically complex though ever-so-slightly less elegant and refined with a very fresh and layered nose of white flowers, citrus and perfectly ripe yellow orchard fruit aromas. Like the Bienvenues and the Combettes there is the same silky texture that adds interest to the tautly muscled and powerful big-bodied flavors that explode on the palate staining and notably dry finish. This is impressive but not necessarily more so than the Bienvenues, which is to say that they are qualitative peers.

Drink Dates: 2021+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 51

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(+?)

Pale bright yellow. Sexy perfume of lemon, lime, clove and white flowers. A step up in weight and power from the Bienvenue, but still with lovely lift to the generous flavors of ripe peach and spices. Wonderfully energetic, tactile wine with terrific rising length and grip, and a late mineral character that contributes finesse. But this big, rich, backward Batard will need time to express itself.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 170

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Average rating: 94, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

108 bottles owned by 21 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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