The Leflaive family has been involved in Burgundy viticulture since 1717, when Claude Leflaive purchased several acres in Puligny-Montrachet and became one of the first vignerons recorded in the area. By 1920, Joseph Leflaive extended the family plot and purchased more vineyards during a time when many were selling land in the aftermath of phylloxera, thus creating Domaine Leflaive. Along with his trusted friend and vineyard manager François Virot, Joseph replanted each newly purchased parcel with phylloxera-resistant rootstock. Today, the domaine encompasses 44 hectares exclusively planted with Chardonnay within Puligny-Montrachet, Macon Verze and Solutre-Pouilly.
Domaine Leflaive is known for its pioneering role in biodynamics within Burgundy. In the early 1990s, co-director of the domaine, Anne-Claude Leflaive, looked to restore the health of the vineyards. After many years of cultivating with chemical fertilizers and pesticides, she experimented with biodynamic treatments, and by 1996 the entire vineyard was converted. Anne-Claude’s commitment to quality allowed the estate vineyards to thrive and become a benchmark for white Burgundy wines.
The Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc 2017 comes from two distinct calcareous parcels, which come together in the blend to create a fruit-forward, round and mineral wine. The wine is fermented in 12% new oak casks and aged for six months in tank. The wine offers notes of lemon, apple, and pear, with a tart and acidic palate. A hint of spice followed by a tangy finish will leave you wanting more of this wonderful wine.
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