September Makes The Wine! Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet 2006

The harsh winter weather of 2005/2006 in Burgundy lasted well into early spring and was punctuated by several severe frosts with -15 degrees Celsius registered in Puligny Montrachet just before New Year’s Day 2006.

Frequent but light snow storms meant the ground was never covered for long and the vineyards of Domaine Leflaive were in need of water by the time March delivered almost 15cm of rain. April and May were cool and storms meant that there was a high risk of mildew in the vineyards.

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It wasn’t until early June that, fuelled by a long bout of warm and dry weather, the vine began to emerge from its winter hibernation. Flowering was rapid and the fruit set (veraison) was earlier than what is normal. The grape bunches were fully formed by the middle of July.

August, on the other hand, was cool and damp.

September was exceptionally bright and sun-filled. Temperatures at the daily highs were perfect for the ripening of grapes. The dry weather banished all concerns of botrytis in the vineyards and the perfect ripeness was achieved by September 20th, the day that harvest began in Leflaive’s bio-dynamic vineyards.

Carefully selective picking was key to make sure that each plot was picked at the perfect ripeness. The fermentation of the abundantly ripe Chardonnay was meticulously monitored to retain the balance of freshness to counteract the ripe fruit.

The great wines of Domaine Leflaive are now in their prime and the Chevalier-Montrachet is certainly in that category.

View and Bid now on an exceptional example of the 2006 vintage.

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