Domaine Leflaive   Batard Montrachet

2016 Batard-Montrachet

By Domaine Leflaive

2014 Nuits St Georges Les Cras from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Burgundy, France

Whilst examining the esteemed portfolio from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, it is the subtleties and distinct expressiveness of the 2014 Nuits St Georges Les Cras that captivates the oenophile's intrigue. This vintage emanates a sophistication that merits particular discourse amidst connoisseurs and fine wine investors alike.


Artistry of the Vintage: A Study in Elegance

The 2014 vintage in Burgundy was marked by its triumph over climatic challenges, yielding a harvest that revealed both resilience and refinement in the glass. The Nuits St Georges Les Cras from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair is exemplary of this balance, presenting an articulation of terroir with graceful tannins and a bouquet that is both vivid and composed.


A Harmonious Symphony on the Palate

In this particular year, the Nuits St Georges Les Cras stands out for its pristine red fruit profile, suggestive of cherries and wild strawberries underlain by an earthy undertone evocative of its distinguished appellation. The nuanced use of oak confers a whisper of vanilla spice without overwhelming the wine's intrinsic character. This ensemble performs harmoniously on the palate with minerality that speaks to the limestone-rich soils from which these venerable vines arise.

Investors will find pleasure in its current stage of evolution, as the 2014 vintage offers approachability paired with a structure that forecasts impeccable ageing potential. Discerning investment comes from recognising not only quality but also the timing of maturity—and here lies a profound opportunity.

As one visits and revisits the 2014 Nuits St Georges Les Cras from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, it is clear that this vintage encapsulates the charm of Burgundy in an exquisite manner. Balanced, refined, yet teeming with energy—the wine is poised to elevate any cellar's cultural capital, promising returns both sensory and fiduciary.

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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.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 December 2017

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