2016/2017 Leflaive 1er/Grand Cru Burgs at US Low Prices

BUY HERE: The Rest of the 2017 Leflaive Montrachet Grand Crus - All US Lows

2017 Puligny Montrachet Clavoillon 1er $195
2016 Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles 1er $325
2017 Batard Montrachet GC $850
2017 Bienvenues-Batard Montrachet GC $745

2017 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Clavoillon
95 points Decanter
Domaine Leflaive was among the earlier pickers in Puligny in 2017 and it shows in the tautness and balance of wines like this one. Tight and chiselled, with well-integrated 20% new wood, this is all citrus fruit and lemongrass with a racy, tapering finish. Drinking Window 2021 - 2029. (TA) (10/2018)

93 points John Gilman
The 2017 Clavoillon is another outstanding wine in the domaine’s cellars this year. The bouquet is elegant and superb, jumping from the glass in a constellation of white peach, apple, lemon zest, complex, chalky minerality, white lilies and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, refined and rock solid at the core, with excellent balance and grip, bright, zesty acids and a long, complex and vibrant finish. Terrific wine. 2023-2060+. (12/2018)

2017 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles
93-94 points John Gilman
As I mentioned in the introduction, the 2017 Pucelles was the only premier cru here that was a bit closed down at the time of my visit. The nose is reserved and showed quite nutty in personality in November, offering up scents of almond, white peach, apple, complex, chalky soil tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and fairly powerful in profile for Leflaive Pucelles, with a plump core of fruit, good soil signature and fine focus, length and grip on the long and primary finish. This is going to be very good, but was not entirely happy about being tasted at the time of my visit. 2024-2065. (12/2018)

2017 Domaine Leflaive Batard Montrachet
97 points Decanter
Divided into three separate parcels, two in Puligny and one in Chassagne, the Leflaive holdings in Bâtard amount to a more than satisfactory 1.5ha. Rich, concentrated and well upholstered, this is a plush, dense, palate-coating white that flirts with exotic fruit but finishes with focussed, chalky minerality.

95 points John Gilman
Domaine Leflaive’s 2017 Bâtard-Montrachet is superb wine and will be a great drink once it has fully opened up to share its secondary layering. The nose is pure and refined, delivering scents of apple, pear, lemon blossoms, just a whisper of the butter to come, gorgeous, chalky soil elements and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely reserved structurally, with a superb core, great mineral drive, bright acids and great backend energy and precision on the very long finish. This is far less expressive out of the blocks than the Bienvenues, and if you must drink one of the Leflaive 2017 grand crus early on, make it the Bienvenues and let this great wine in the making properly blossom with bottle age!

2017 Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues-Batard Montrachet
97 points Decanter
Bienvenues is generally less powerful than Bâtard at Leflaive, and that’s certainly the case here. But what this impressive grand cru lacks in terms of weight, it more than makes up for with precision. Tangerine and pink grapefruit flavors segue into a fresh, textured finish embellished by oak. Drinking Window 2022 - 2032.

93-95 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Like the Pucelles, the 2017 Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru is quite tensile and reserved, unfurling in the glass with aromas of green orchard fruit, iodine, orange rind and creamy new wood. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, textural and fleshy, but taut—even firm—at the core, with good concentration, tangy acid and a bright, chalky finish. Like all these releases, I’m looking forward to seeing it from bottle.

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound
from 45+ year old vines, which are the oldest of the Domaine). As is often the case chez Leflaive, the nose is quite similar to that of the Pucelles with the only difference being that it’s a touch riper. The highly succulent medium-bodied flavors possess equally good mid-palate sap while delivering excellent depth and persistence on the focused, balanced and wonderfully long finish. This is class in a glass and very BBM in character.

92-95 points Vinous
Ripe yellow stone fruits and hazelnut on the nose. Dense, sappy and quite dry, with its rather bracing acidity (at the high end for these '17s) giving the saline middle palate outstanding precision. This very tight wine is not yet displaying grand cru weight or palate presence but it spreads out and vibrates on the very long, pure, slowly building back end. This was the first '17 to finish both its alcoholic and malolactic fermentations, which may explain its peacock’s tail of a finish.

Sale ends soon, Batard down to 1 x 6 pack and the Chevalier not listed is gone.