2011 Leflaive (Domaine) - Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet 750ml

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

WS 96   IWC 93(+?)   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

A focused, vibrant style, fluid and open. This is packed with lime, hazelnut, citronella and apple flavors that just keep coming through the long aftertaste. Creamy and lively at once, picking up a mineral accent on the finish.

Drink Dates: 2017-2028
Author: Bruce Sanderson

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

(the grand crus were bottled about five weeks before my visit): Pale, bright green-yellow. Precise, high-pitched aromas of lime, white flowers and crushed stone. Then juicy and supple on the palate, with enticing sweetness to its pure, sharply delineated flavors of lime and orange. Impeccably balanced Bienvenue with nothing fat or warm about it. Really sparkles on the powerful, mounting finish.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 170

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: Matt
Tasted On: 08/23/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2024

Average rating: 95, based on 3 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

95 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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