2016 Leflaive Batard Montrachet

- 750 ml
96
BH
Availability: Out of Stock
$719.00
Availability: Out of stock
Product ID
81251-750-AI

Wine Critic Reviews:

A slight hint of reduction does not materially detract from the intensely floral-suffused nose that displays hints of acacia blossom and rose petal along with spice, citrus and pear aromas. There is excellent volume and mid-palate density to the mouth coating and borderline opulent big-bodied flavors that possess a seductive texture on the strikingly persistent and overtly powerful finish. A definite 'wow' wine.

Burghound | 96 BH
The 2016 Batard Montrachet Grand Cru was vinified together rather than in four different parcels due to the frost (in fact one plot was pulled out). It has a much more involving and expressive bouquet compared to the Bienvenues. The palate is slightly viscous on the entry countered by a keen thread of acidity, not as tensile as the Bienvenues but surprisingly richer than one would have expected, with traces of wild honey toward the caressing finish. This may well turn out to be the pick of Leflaive's 2016s.

Robert Parker Neal Martin | 95 RP-NM
This is broad and lush in texture, evoking peach, lemon cream, hazelnut and baking spice flavors. Harmonious enough to enjoy now, yet should develop well over the next decade. Really long, tangy finish. Drink now through 2028. 185 cases made, 26 cases imported.

Wine Spectator | 95 WS
The Bâtard is more reserved than the Bienvenues, opening with aeration to reveal notes of preserved lemon, orange zest, yellow orchard fruit and crème pâtissière. The wine is full-bodied and glossy, weightier than the Bienvenues, with a muscular, soil-driven personality. This still feels quite primary and, like the Pucelles, it will need bottle age to reveal all its potential. Drinking Window 2024 - 2040

Decanter | 94 DEC
(Bâtard-Montrachet- Domaine Leflaive) The frost damage in the Bâtard this year was similar to that in Bienvenues, and the wine is equally classic in profile and potential. The 2016 Bâtard-Montrachet offers up a fine, quite youthful and very precise nose of apple, lemon oil, chalky minerality, fresh almond and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, crisp and full-bodied, with a rock solid core, excellent transparency, bright, zesty acids and a very long, nascently complex and energetic finish. This is very adolescent today, but its promise is manifest. (Drink between 2025-2060)

John Gilman | 94 JG
(all of the fruit in 2016 came from the Puligny side of the appellation, as one of Leflaive's parcels on the Chassagne side has been pulled up for replanting and another produced no fruit following the frost): Bright, pale yellow. Fresh yellow fruits and mirabelle are accented by a floral note. At once creamy and delineated on the palate, showing noteworthy cut and floral lift, not to mention brisk acidity. Perhaps not as powerful as the 2017 version, and in need of patience to reveal its inherent personality, this very promising Bâtard needs time.

Vinous Media | 94 VM

More Information
Availability Out of Stock
Vintage 2016
Format 750 ml
Color White
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Leflaive: The general wine population's taste in glorious white wines has been changing in recent years, but that has not stopped this legendary Burgundian estate from holding the market in the palm of their hand. Domaine Leflaive is a picture-perfect example of a quiet, yet dominant estate that doesn't feel like it has to impress you - it knows it will. If you can keep up with their steep prices and extremely high demand, their wines will create a new era of your life, one full of enlightenment and contentment. Depending on which bottle you sample, the flavor profile can vary, but one thing's for sure - the richness of their terroir is clearly on display. A strong presence of sharp, acidic citrus is made all the more delicious by adding in decadent honey, and a fine mineral undertone vibrates on the palate as the chewy texture makes its way across the tongue.
Rating 96 BH
Region Burgundy: Situated just west of the beautiful river Saone, the hills and valleys of Burgundy stand as they have stood since medieval times, and you can almost hear the cheerful chatter of vineyard workers from miles away. Indeed, France's identity in the world of wine would be incomplete without the inclusion of Burgundy and its many viticultural achievements. Every little sub-region of the area boasts a unique soil composition, which, when combined with the area's climate conditions, creates an incredibly diverse and appealing selection of fine wines. Every new bottle is an adventure of its own, and a snapshot of its birthplace. You could spend years sampling great Burgundian wines, and you would still have a lot to learn, which is what makes the region so compelling for veterans and novice wine lovers alike. No matter what your taste in wines may be, there is a winery in Burgundy that could mesmerize your mind and make your senses scream with joy. And what better way to spend a comfy summer afternoon with your friends and family than with a classy bottle from some of the region's most reputable wineries? From the noble slopes of Cote d'Or to the flatlands near various settlements, let us help you on your journey as we explore Burgundy's most delicious and renowned wines.
Type of Wine Burgundy White: No one can express the full potential of Chardonnay quite like the visionaries from Burgundy. With an almost entirely single-minded devotion to the noble varietal in question, they continue to push the boundaries of quality, to the joy of their many fans worldwide. Discover the nuances of every producer and come out changed forever.
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Varietal Chardonnay: Isn't just the most popular white wine in the world - it's angelic. Anyone with a developed taste for fine wine would struggle to maintain composure after tasting some of the stronger vintages of this masterpiece. Aside from France and the United States, you can expect to encounter bottles from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Italy, Chile, and quite a few others. Every region that produces quality Chardonnay tends to add their own spin to it by including a lot of delicious fruits and changing up their techniques
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