Following the excellent 2014 vintage, the 2015 “Les Folatières” from Domaine Leflaive is the product of another good harvest. 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. The 2015 is a well-balanced, pleasurable wine with substance, easily worthy of the cellar yet delicious in youth. The palate is taut and vibrant with earthy, nutty undertones and beautiful minerality.
Biodynamic fruit from three parcels of the 17 hectare Les Folatières vineyard (just metres north of Chevalier-Montrachet) was hand-harvested by parcel, sorted, then gently pressed and fermented in Vosges and Allier barrels. After 12 months in barrel, the wine spent six months in tank prior to bottling bottling. The cellars of Domaine Leflaive are biodynamic too, with acute attention to detail and minimal fining or filtration.
“Though light-footed, this white is expansive, filled with flavours of lemon cake, apple tart and white flowers. Vibrant and long, with precision balance and a lingering aftertaste of flowers, honey, mineral and spice. Scintillating. Best from 2020 through 2030.”
95 points, Wine Spectator, Dec 2017