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Domaines Leflaive Macon-Verze Les Chenes 2017

Domaines Leflaive Macon-Verze Les Chenes 2017

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"A new lieu-dit bottling from Leflaive that derives from two southeast-facing parcels, the 2017 Mâcon-Verzé Les Chênes offers up aromas of white peach, Meyer lemon and crisp orchard fruit, followed by a medium-bodied, satiny palate, with racy acids, good concentration and more texture and amplitude than the regular Mâcon-Verzé. Drink: 2018-2028. 90 points

While the inauguration of Domaine Leflaive's Mâconnais venture back in 2004 made headlines, the wines that emerged were creditable but not especially ambitious. Under Brice de La Morandière and Pierre Vincent's direction, that seems set to change. With the 2017 vintage, Leflaive will offer two lieux-dits bottlings from Mâcon-Verzé in addition to their generic cuvée, and instead of fermenting and maturing the wines purely in concrete and steel, used wood is now part of the program too. In Pouilly-Fuissé there are also two new and promising lieux-dits bottlings, both vinified in the same fashion as the domaine's Puligny wines. The result is a portfolio that comprehends significant stylistic diversity, and which suggests that Leflaive's venture in southern Burgundy might be bearing fruit worthy of the estate's reputation. What's more, though this decision to take the Mâconnais seriously is encouraging in its own right, it also reveals a more robust confidence in the domaine's emblematic cuvées from Puligny-Montrachet."

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (244)