Domaine Leflaive   Bienvenues Batard Montrachet

2015 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet

By Domaine Leflaive

2014 Vosne les Genaivrieres from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

In an era where fine wine investment and the thirst for world-class Burgundy collide, the 2014 Vosne les Genaivrieres from Domaine Leroy remains a vintage which eloquently expresses the singularity of its birth year. This is an offering sculpted by the hands of nature and the deft artistry of this heralded house. 2014, remembered for its climatic twists, bestowed upon Vosne-Romanée a year of modest yields but profound quality, thanks to a cool and wet August followed by an Indian summer.


Distinctive Nuances: The Mark of 2014

The precision in the 2014 Vosne les Genaivrieres lies not within the broad strokes often attributed to the typical opulence of Domaine Leroy, but rather subtly tucked between lines of elegance and structure. The poise on display here is a testament to both terroir and timing; it offers investors a lens into a dynamic vintage that expertly balances freshness with depth.


A Portrait of Poise and Potential

The cooler conditions of 2014 are embroidered throughout this wine’s character. One finds vibrant red fruit notes - cherries and raspberries - flirting with hints of spice and earth, whispering stories of Vosne-Romanée's cherished soils. The tannins are present yet polished, ensuring that this wine holds tremendous promise for years to come.

The integration of these elements is nothing short of harmonious - a signature trait one expects from the meticulous winemaking at Domaine Leroy. It speaks volumes about their ability to coax an intimate portrait of place and time from each cherished parcel.

Capturing the essence of what makes a vintage notable for investment, the 2014 Vosne les Genaivrieres stands out in the portfolio as an exemplar for both collectors and enthusiasts alike. In this particularly expressive release, we see how it enchants with its poised divergence from more voluptuous years, crafting a compelling narrative wrapped in the glass - making it an astute choice for diversifying fine wine portfolios.

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The 2015 Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru is showing very well, opening in the glass with a reticent but detailed bouquet of fresh pear, white peach, tangerine oil, spring flowers, pastry cream and a delicate framing of new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, multidimensional and effortlessly complete, with succulent acids, elegantly glossy textural impact and understated persistence on the finish. This cuvée is beautifully balanced and full of energy, but it has definitely closed down after bottling and will demand five years in the cellar at the very minimum before it begins to expatiate. Matured in 20% new oak and bottled under Diam 30.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 28 February 2018

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