11 May 2019

OLDER VINTAGES : MISUNDERSTANDING OR LACK OF UNDERSTANDING?

There is a sad trend with wine lovers today, even with the most enlightened : older vintages are no longer understood and appreciated for what they really are ... 


A wine expresses different emotions, different personalities during its existence. A young wine shows itself more on freshness, liveliness, energy. Yet this is only part of the pleasure that a bottle can bring. After 7 to 10 years, or even 20 to 30 years the great Chardonnays of Burgundy constantly evolve and reveal complexities with so-called tertiary aromas that can not be found in younger wines.

 

The Domaine Leflaive team is very aware of the difficulties encountered by all the Burgundian estates in the 2000s with prematurely oxidized wines. The Domaine Leflaive has relentlessly improved its farming practices as well as it's cellar practices. We work meticulously every single detail to ensure that our wines will age for a very very long time and, hopefully, outlive all of us!

 

In a spirit of sharing these emotions, we have written a very personal account of a special tasting, a moment of grace, with family and friends around a Pucelle 1986...


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