OF THE GRANDS CRUS
The Hallmark of the Grands Crus
The secular roots of the grands crus of Domaine Leflaive require that we live up to these terroirs. This gift of nature also requires a gift of the best of ourselves. Biodynamic winemaking is one of the expressions of this gift.
The Grands Crus
These rare wines have placed on the world map a narrow strip of land a few kilometers long in the Côte de Beaune, the heart of which is in Puligny-Montrachet. The Benedictine and Cistercian monks had already perceived its fertile nature. The grands crus are the synthesis of what the terroirs of Burgundy provide most successfully: poor soil, ideal exposure, a mid-slope location, good drainage. Old vines too, those that make great wines: the structure and substance are contained in these small clusters of grands crus with limited yields.
Domaine Leflaive owns 4.8 hectares of grand crus in Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet and Montrachet. Names that have survived centuries and run through the most fervent thoughts of enthusiasts around the world today. The teams at the Domaine are aware of how lucky they are to work this precious terroir every day.
The Premiers Crus
They are not “premiers“ by chance and sometimes have the genius to be “grands“. Located in fertile mid-slope terroirs, the premiers crus produce some of the finest wines of the Côte de Beaune. In a strip of land in continuity with the grands crus, and a few meters from Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet, emerges Les Pucelles, a strip of land facing east. Domaine Leflaive owns 2.8 ha of this appellation with fine clay-limestone soils, particularly favorable to great white wines. Nearby, the single plot of nearly 4.8 ha of Le Clavoillon, very representative of the Puligny-Montrachet appellation and the Leflaive style, generous and delicate.
The Domaine also owns plots of premiers crus in Les Folatières (1.2 ha), more calcareous soils which are fragrant after the rain, and in Les Combettes (0.73 ha) on the edge of the village of Meursault. A little further and higher on the hillside, on the edge of the path between Puligny and Meursault is the Premier Cru Meursault Sous le Dos d’Âne, which allows Domaine Leflaive to express these neighboring terroirs in its own way.
The Mâconnais region
The southernmost terroir of Burgundy, the Mâconnais region articulates its vineyard between mountains and impressive rocks. It is around the Roche de Solutré that Domaine Leflaive seeks the best expression of Pouilly-Fuissé, the most famous appellation of the Mâconnais region whose wines are closest to those of the Côte de Beaune, with great aging potential. A blend of nine plots, nuanced by the Leflaive style, where elegance refines the richness of the wine. Whilst there is a “Mâconnais” identity, it is also a question of showing the singularity of certain terroirs.
In the Mâcon-Verzé appellation, two plots have been vinified separately since 2017: Les Chênes, facing west, and Monté, facing north. An interesting result of global warming: this late-ripening terroir, rich in flint, has developed a truly auspicious personality. In addition, with the new classification of the Mâconnais, the plot En Vigneraie gained the premier cru status with the 2020 vintage.
The Village and Bourgogne Blanc appellations
In the historical classification of Burgundy, the village appellations perhaps give the best representation of the style of an entire appellation. The Puligny-Montrachet village of Domaine Leflaive thus comes from the blend of seven plots at the bottom of the hill. So many lieux-dits that merge to affirm their common character, like a precipitate of the best of an entire appellation. In Auxey-Duresses, the white wine terroirs give delectable Chardonnays which develop a beautiful texture. The Domaine‘s Village cuvée expresses all its characteristics.
In the Burgundian edifice, regional appellations are often produced from a large surface area of vineyards, at the scale of at least part of the region. Domaine Leflaive produces its white Burgundy on two hectares of vines located in Puligny-Montrachet itself, at the bottom of emblematic hillsides, worked with the same care.