Domaine Leflaive Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2008

Chardonnay from Burgundy, France

Item No. 112236
  • white wine
  • WE97
  • BH96
  • WS95
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • W&S98
  • ST94

Winemaker's Notes

A rich, oaky dry white wine. Long and powerful, yet elegant in a masterly combination of toast, nuts and honey. One of the greatest white Burgundy wine produced.

Critical Acclaim

"This beautiful wine is austere at this very young stage. But what pent-up power- the richness comes from glorious ripe fruit, tempered with a core of steel and wrapped with pure lemon, apricot and toast flavors. Age for 10 years at least."
97 Points

"Here the nose is notably tighter and more reserved with aromas of citrus blossom and zest, spice, smoke, fennel and hints of acacia that introduce big, muscular and wonderfully complex broad-scaled flavors that culminate in a long, focused and explosive finish of breathtaking length and intensity. This should reward at least a decade in the cellar and drink well for a similar period thereafter. This too is terrific and very Bâtard and like the Combettes, the ’08 version is one of the very best young examples from Leflaive that I have ever seen."
96 Points

"Broad-shouldered and somewhat monolithic, this white plays its peach, citrus and apple flavors off spice and toast notes. The vibrant structure keeps this well-defined, as the citrus and spice themes echo on the finish. There's a brilliance to this wine, but it needs time."
95 Points

"Pale yellow. Complex aromas of ripe stone fruits and musky flowers, with a hint of more exotic fruits. Considerably bigger and richer than the Bienvenue; in fact, this is quite opulent for the year, offering a wonderfully fine-grained texture. A ripe pineapple quality is leavened by firm acidity. Already explosive on the back end.
Rating: 92-95"
95 Points

"Warm tones of brown butter show off the density of this wine, a bold, juicy Bâtard with the sweet tremor of the earth in its formidable structure. Its potent ripeness seems to be restrained only by the cold north winds at the end of the vintage, bringing scents of honeycomb, nectarine pit, heirloom pear and applewood smoke to mind. A rich pleasure, this will begin to drink best around eight to ten years from the vintage."
93 Points

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Founded in 1717, Domaine Leflaive has long been considered one of the most highly regarded white wine growers in Burgundy. Currently under the stewardship of Anne-Claude Leflaive, the Domaine"s conversion to biodynamic farming in 1990 has produced remarkable results, raising the standard for one of the world"s greatest wines even higher. . . . Leflaive"s nomination as the world...

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The region of Burgundy is the fairytale land of vines. There are stories of kings, conquerors and commoners recounting the seductive effects of a Burgundian wine. Even now, many wine aficionados and lovers will pinpoint their most memorable wine moment at that first taste of an aged Burgundy. Much of this can be related to the terroir of Burgundy. Centuries of winemaking have...

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Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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