2015 Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1312302 94-97 points Wine Spectator

 No tatsing note given.  (2/2017)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 As is often the case this evidences a similar aromatic profile to that of the Pucelles and in particular with respect to the honeysuckle character. While there is a bit more size, density and mid-palate volume to the middle weight plus flavors they manage to retain the same heightened sense of refinement and particularly so on the sneaky long and focused finish. This is potentially really fine juice.  (6/2017)

94 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive is excellent and will drink very well with only a few years in the cellar. The bouquet is deep, pure and complex, wafting from the glass in a blend of apple, pear, tangerine, beeswax, chalky soil tones, almond, spring flowers and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, pure and still fairly primary in personality, with a fine core, sound framing acids and lovely focus and grip on the long, perfectly balanced finish. 2020-2045+.  (1/2017)

94 points Vinous

 Pale, bright yellow. Sexy, expressive aromas of pineapple, stone fruits, hawthorn, almond flower and spicy oak. Silky and full but surprisingly light on its feet, showing captivating floral lift and definition to its lemon, peach and smoky mineral flavors. This vibrant, fine-grained wine coats the cheeks and leaves the mouth refreshed. (ST)  (9/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Bienvenue-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru has a very pretty bouquet, almost like a more complex and vigorous version of the 2015 Puligny Clavoillon - hints of acacia honey, honeysuckle, cold limestone and flint. The aromas appear to gain vigor in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with good weight in the mouth. Perhaps not quite as tensile as the 2014, nevertheless it is nicely focused and offers good weight on the finish. I would just like to see more terroir expression on the finish here, though there is fine salinity. It does not quite seem to deliver the same focus as the Les Pucelles that I tasted directly before it, so they will be two interesting wines to compare once in bottle. (NM)  (12/2016)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.