Domaine Leflaive   Bienvenues Batard Montrachet

2017 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet

By Domaine Leflaive

2016 Vosne les Genaivrieres from Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

In the constellation of illustrious names that anchor the foundation of fine Burgundy wine, Domaine Leroy shines with particular intensity. The 2016 Vosne les Genaivrieres from this esteemed house represents not only the pinnacle of Burgundian craftsmanship but a miraculous testament to triumph over climatic adversity.


Embodiment of Elegance and Exclusivity

The 2016 vintage in Burgundy was beleaguered by weather extremes—from frost to mildew—casting a cloud over initial optimism. Yet this trial by nature also culled yields and concentrated effort, resulting in wines of unexpected concentration and vibrancy. Herein lies the narrative of the 2016 Vosne les Genaivrieres; a confluence of meticulous vineyard stewardship and serendipitous winemaking alchemy that yielded a vintage of profound depth and complexity.


Character of the Climat: 2016 Vosne les Genaivrieres

2016 Vosne les Genaivrieres reveals itself like a mosaic. Sourced from vines rooted in the mineral-rich soils of this prized parcel, each sip is an evocation of place. The character is markedly stately, redolent with ripe cherries and an ether of violets, supported by earthy undertones and a scaffold of refined tannins. It’s a wine that converses in whispers of subtlety, yet with an underlying assertiveness that could only be born from this unique vintage.


Toward Immortality: Investment Potential

Wise investors should note—the storied resilience and lower production rate curate an air of scarcity around the 2016 Vosne les Genaivrieres. As a collector's piece, it stands as an embodiment of exclusivity and heritage. Domaine Leroy's reputation ensures global demand while the characterful presence of this vintage promises a journey through decades of cellar evolution with assured grace.

Domaine Leroy has engineered another masterpiece with the 2016 Vosne les Genaivrieres—a symphony in vinous form. With poised tannic structure and ethereal aromatics, this wine champions the strengths inherent in a formidable vintage that rose above its climatic challenges. An investment worthy addition to any discerning portfolio, it guarantees not only pleasure to the palate but potentially robust returns to the cellar. As with all fine Burgundian fare, patience will be your virtue and ally.

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Like the Pucelles, the 2017 Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru is quite tensile and reserved, unfurling in the glass with aromas of green orchard fruit, iodine, orange rind and creamy new wood. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, textural and fleshy, but taut—even firm—at the core, with good concentration, tangy acid and a bright, chalky finish. Like all these releases, I'm looking forward to seeing it from bottle.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 4 January 2019

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