One of the quite legendary whites of Burgundy is the Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet – it’s not a Montrachet but nevertheless for many the top wine from Leflaive as the Montrachet is elusively rare.
Domaine Lefalive is the second largest owner of Chevalier-Montrachet – Bouchard Pere et Fils is the largest – and have several beautifully located plots of Chevalier-Montrachet.
Let’s take a closer look … let’s go to Puligny-Montrachet.
The Domaine Leflaive’s holdings of Chevalier-Montrachet
Domaine Leflaive owns 1,99 ha of Chevalier-Montrachet located in the middle northern end of this mighty Grand Cru – above the Montrachet holdings owned by Marquis de Laguiche.
The 1,99 ha include 8 cadastre plots, where 7 are clustered in one section, and the last plot is located just north of the main section.
Domaine Leflaive divides the holdings into three sections according to the Domaine Leflaive website:
- Chevalier du bas Sud
- Chevalier du Haut
- Chevalier du bas Nord
These sections apparently do not follow the cadastre plots, but on the map below I have tried to show the three sections as defined by Domaine Leflaive … not confirmed by the Domaine.
The history of the Domaine Leflaive plots on Chevalier-Montrachet
The Leflaive presense in Puligny-Montrachet dates back to 1717 and is described in quite some detail in Clive Coates excellent book – Cote d’Or from 19975
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