The 2011 Vintage Puligny-Montrachet
The winter of 2010-2011 was marked by snow at end-November and during December, followed by dry and not particularly cold weather in January and February. In March, after some rainfall at the start of the month, temperatures rose and budburst was noted at end-month.
The April sun sent temperatures up, while the vines developed quickly in a dry atmosphere.
A lovely month of May enabled flowering under the most favourable auspices, although somewhat prematurely (13-16 May). June was magnificent, preserving the vintage's sunny, precocious nature.
July was marked by storms as well as temperatures that were chilly for the season. Then from the beginning of August the sun was back along with several very hot days, resulting in rapid ripening.
The harvest ran from 25 to 31 August, the earliest ever seen at Domaine Leflaive.
Once the wines hummed their way through alcoholic fermentation, malolactic fermentation kept them fizzing throughout the winter. The wines have an acid, mineral structure and framework showing finesse and elegance. They are the very definition of the qualities inherent in each of our magnificent parcels.
They can be enjoyed, at the earliest:
Bourgogne Blanc starting in 2013
Puligny-Montrachet starting in 2014
Premiers Crus starting in 2015
Grands Crus starting in 2017
Montrachet starting in 2019
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