This notches up the ripeness just a touch more yet there are no hints of exoticism to the peach, apricot, pear and acacia blossom aromas that display a top note of citrus zest. This is a classic Bâtard in the sense of being big, bold and powerful with imposingly-scaled flavors that coat the palate with dry extract before terminating in a massively long and borderline painfully intense finish. To be sure, this is a big wine yet it remains light on its feet with no undue sense of being top heavy. Indeed the balance is perfect though note that patience will be required.Drink: 2022+
"One of the greatest white wine domaines in Burgundy" remarked Clive Coates.The vineyards steeped in history, the current generation - Anne-Claude Leflaive - can look back to 1717 for the first Leflaive family occupation of the farm buildings that they use today. The domaine was created by Anne-Claude's grandfather, Joseph, who came to Burgundy in 1905. Anne-Claudecontinues the legacy with new vigour and particular attention to biodynamics. In 1997 Anne-Claud took the whole domaine fully biodynamic, after very successful blind tastings the year before, comparing biodynamically produced wine and organic wine from adjacent vines.
Bâtard-Montrachet is a great white Grand Cru in Burgundy's Côte D'or. Its vineyards are located onthe slope beneath Le Montrachet, in the Côte de Beaune. Bâtard-Montrachet's soils are heavier than those surrounding it, made up of brown limestone and gravel, which pave the way for rich, nutty, honeyed and heady wines with good structure. They are not as elegant as those from Chevalier-Montrachet and are broader and weightier than wines from Montrachet.