Wine Domaine Leflaive, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru AOC, 1999
Wine golden-yellow color with greenish highlights.
Taste wine complex, multi-layered, medium density, with hints of lemon peel, salty mineral notes, crisp acidity and a long finish with a delicate spicy overtones and nuances of bitter lemon.
In the small, elegant bouquet of wine aromas of ripe green apples blend harmoniously with hints of passion fruit, fresh citrus notes and nuances of wet limestone.
The wine is perfect as an aperitif and as an accompaniment to fish dishes, seafood (clams, oysters, noble shellfish - lobster and lobster), cheeses.
Grapes for wine grows at 3 sites upscale vineyard Chevalier-Montrachet. Plot "Chevalier du bas sud" was planted with vines in 1957-1958, the site "Chevalier du bas nord" - in 1955, 1964 and a small part in 1980, the site "Chevalier du haut" Chardonnay planted in 1974. Since 1990, the farm is used only biodynamic cultivation techniques to provide a healthy, uniform and high-quality grapes grown in harmony with nature. Enrich the soil with compost, saturating it with nutrients without causing damage to the environment. Also take into account the planters of the land and water cycles of the lunar calendar, as all these factors have a direct impact on the growth and development of the vine. Agronomists carefully monitor the maturity of the grapes and set the date of harvest. Collected manually berries carefully sorted and only then sent to the subsequent stages of production. After careful and soft pressing decantation process begins, which lasts a day. Fermentation is carried out in oak barrels, 25% of which are new. Wine kept in the same barrels for 12 months, and then another 6 months - in stainless steel tanks. Before bottling, if necessary, apply a light filtration.
The founder of the winery Domaine Leflaive is Claude Leflaive, which in 1717 acquired the vineyards in a small area of Puligny-Montrachet. Inherited the family estate passed to Joseph Leflaive (1870-1953), who, being an engineer by training, took part in the creation of the first French submarine. But, not having achieved great success in this area, in 1905, Joseph returned to his hometown, his father took the farm and bought 25 hectares of vineyards in the area at very low cost, since most of them were affected by the epidemic of phylloxera. Few believed in the success of the case, but Joseph Leflaive knew that the vineyards are of great value, so did everything for their development. He achieved the result, and since 1920 Domaine Leflaive began to produce wine under its own brand. Over time, they have gained a reputation as the best wines of Burgundy, conquered the hearts of connoisseurs of excellent quality and unsurpassed taste.