Following the excellent 2014 vintage, the 2015 “Le Clavoillon” from Domaine Leflaive displays elegance and texture worthy of the cellar. Through a heat-wave summer of minimal rain and bright sun, fruit matured quickly. Rainfall in early August fueled maturation in the vineyards of Puligny, and for the third time in the Domaine’s history, harvest began before September.
Biodynamically-grown fruit from a single 12 acre parcel of the Le Clavoillon appellation was hand-harvested and sorted, then gently pressed and fermented in Vosges and Allier oak barrels. After 12 months in barrel, the wine was matured for six months in tank, where it was prepared for bottling. The cellars of Domaine Leflaive are biodynamic too, with acute attention to detail and minimal fining or filtration.
“Before he showed me his 2015’s, Eric Rémy fleshed out the growing season in some detail. […] While Chablis suffered mightily from hail, Puligny-Montrachet had just three millimeters of rain, said Rémy. ‘We had great-looking grapes and didn’t have to use our sorting tables,’ he told me. He did not chaptalize or acidify, and because the grapes were picked with sound levels of tartaric acidity, the wine didn’t change much during their secondary [malolactic] fermentations. […] ‘2015 is a great vintage and it’s not atypical.’ “
Stephen Tanzer on the 2015 vintage, vinous.com, Sept 2016
“Falling between the sleek Puligny and creamy Meursault in richness, the Puligny-Montrachet Clavoillon boasts apple, lemon and spice flavors.”
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Feb 2017
“The 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon has a pretty nose in the make, touches of white flower and white peach filtering through the citrus fruit, superb mineralité tucked just underneath. The palate perhaps does not quite match the sophistication of the nose at the moment, although it is not far off. There is wonderful salinity and tension here, harmonious, not concentrated but so refined on the finish. Great terroir expression is already locked into this wine and though not a long-term proposition, it will give immense drinking pleasure.”
(89-91) points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2016
“More open and expressive on the nose than the basic village wine, showing attractive floral lift. Rich but stylish on the palate, with yellow peach and spice flavours given shape by sound acidity. Tightens up on the back half, finishing with a slight tartness and a suggestion of licorice. Youthfully disjointed today but plenty ripe at 13.6% alcohol. These vines were harvested on August 31.”
(89-91) points, Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, Sept 2016