Three Centuries of Excellence

Puligny and Chassagne have Le Montrachet in common. They adapted the name in honor of this wine that should be tasted – according to the saying – on one’s knees, head bared… all the good fairies gathered around the cradle, conferring on this Chardonnay all the graces and virtues.
– Le Domaine Leflaive

The Leflaive family founded their winery in France’s world-famous Burgundy region in 1717 and has been one of the most highly regard white wine producers ever since. It was Joseph Leflaive who founded the domaine as it currently exists with enhancements and the replanting of the vineyards in the 1920’s, after the phylloxera outbreak that plagued most of Europe’s vineyards. In the 1990s, current owner and director Anne-Claude Leflaive made a push towards biodynamic farming practices. By 1997, all of Domaine Leflaive’s vineyards were farmed according to biodynamic principles without sacrificing the quality of wine that the domaine had been known for for generations.

The 2011 vintage, which is currently available in stores and restaurants throughout Ohio, is a perfect example of this balance between tradition and biodynamics. A very hot, sunny August in 2011 led to the earliest harvest ever recorded in the domaine’s history. Once the wines hummed their way through alcoholic fermentation, malolactic fermentation kept them fizzing throughout the winter. The resulting wines have a good acid structure balanced by delicious sugary fruit, all underpinned by excellent minerality. They are the very definition of the qualities inherent in each of Domaine Leflaive’s vineyards throughout Burgundy.

Mâcon-Verzé: $39.99

An impressively full wine, its ripe apricot flavors melding seamlessly into rich wood and concentrated flavors. The lemon acidity enlivens the ripe yellow fruits, leaving a rich final impression.

Bourgogne: $59.99

The delicious acidity of the vintage is well reflected in this crisp, pure-fruit wine, with its citrus and orange peel flavors. The wine is just brushed with wood flavors and hints of honey, finishing bright while ripe.

Puligny-Montrachet: $119.99

Fruit-driven aromas of apricot and yellow peach complicated by noble Puligny herbs. Supple, spicy and dry, with an herbal perfume carrying through onto the firm, lingering finish. Not a fat style but not austere either, in spite of a trace of greenness on the back. 

Puligny-Montrachet Clavoillon: $159.99

Yellow fruits, spices and a hint of hot rocks on the nose; less floral and refined than the Folatieres. Juicy, spicy, laid-back and on the lean side; quite dry and uncompromising. Finishes with good stony cut and very good length.
89-92 Points - Stephen Tanzer

Meursault sous le Dos d'Âne: $169.99

Sexy aromas of fresh apricot, yellow peach, clove and nut oil. Thicker and sweeter than the Puligny villages, with a solid stony underpinning to the yellow peach and spice flavors.
89-91 Points Stephen Tanzer

Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes: $249.99

Slightly reduced aromas of lemon drop, pineapple and smoke. A step up in richness and pliancy from the Clavoillons but a bit youthfully disjointed today, finishing with slightly bitter citrus and pineapple notes.
90-93 Points - Stephen Tanzer

Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières: $249.99

Expressive musky aromas of candied lemon peel, peach, spices and flowers. Silky, fresh and firm, with ripe acidity framing and carrying  the flavors of lemon peel and flowers. Lovely stuffing and lift here. Finishes dry and perfumed, with sneaky length and subtle minerality.
90-93 Points Stephen Tanzer

Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles: $279.99

Sexy aromas of lemon drop, white flowers, crushed stone and    noble herbs. Lively and light on its feet, with excellent definition and lift accentuated by some CO2. Finishes with a note of pineapple and excellent citrus grip.
91-94 Points - Stephen Tanzer

Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru: $429.99

Peach and soft citrus fruits on the nose. Sweet, fat and fruity, with a honeyed impression that almost suggests some residual sugar.  An impressively concentrated fruit bomb in the mouth, complemented by an element of smoky oak.    Finishes fruity and long, a bit drier than the middle palate  suggests but still with an oak-spicy sweetness.
91-93 Points Stephen Tanzer

Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru: $449.99

Pure, nuanced nose offers orange oil, hazelnut, almond and smoke. Rich and broad in the mouth, but with a surprising light touch to the rather powerful pineapple and orange blossom flavors. Quite fine and not at all heavy thanks to firm underlying energy.  Builds subtly and slowly on the firm back end.
92-94 Points Stephen Tanzer

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru: $549.99

Ineffable, high-pitched aromas of crushed stone, lavender and violet.  Fine-grained, elegant and airy yet also powerful, with terrific vibrancy to the floral and crushed rock flavors. Conveys an impression of strong acidity and finishes dry, very long and brilliantly precise.
93-95 Points Stephen Tanzer