A taut, mineral Clavoillon, surprisingly so, after some air the generosity and mouthfeel more typical of this cuvée starts to come through and begins to feel altogether more familiar. An extremely well-balanced wine offering citrus fruit, mineral and butter flavours with a crisp, racy but well integrated acidity. One of the flagships of Domaine Leflaive; they have a huge four hectares holding in this vineyard; that has perhaps benefited better from the biodynamic farming practices more than any other parcel.
Anne-Claude Leflaive's untimely death in 2015 was a tragedy for world of wine. The bio-dynamic revolution that she started in 1990 was her major legacy, one that seems well-secured following the succession of her nephew Brice de la Morandière. Dynamic and restless, Brice is constantly looking to take the Domaine's wines on to higher plains. Unfraid to take bold decisions, Brice moved to diam cork closures for the estate's entire production as of the 2014 vintage in order to guarantee consistent quality of every bottle. His masterstroke, however, came in early 2017 with the appointment of Pierre Vincent, ex headwinemaker of Domaine de la Vougeraie, replacing winemaker Eric Remy and estate manager Antoine Lepetit. There is much to come from Pierre and Leflaive no doubt, but in 2017 and 2018, he has already overseen what we believe to be the most vibrant young wines we can ever remember tasting at the estate. The classic Leflaive wine-making system remains barrel-fermentation, followed by a year's ageing in barriques, finished off by at least 6 months in steel tank prior to bottling.