Burgundy Release – Domaine Leflaive 2018

One of the most famous white Burgundy producers, Domaine Leflaive, has released their 2018 vintage in the UK this week. “A new benchmark.” Domaine Leflaive placed 13th in the 2018 Power 100, a list of the most powerful fine wine brands in the secondary market. Brice de La Morandiere – the great grandson of Joseph Leflaive, the founder – described the overall 2018 crop as “a pleasant surprise, for its abundant quantity as well as its exceptionally high quality.”

Domaine Leflaive, Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru, a widely traded wine on Liv-ex, was released at £6,400 per 12×75, an 8.5% increase on the 2017 release price (£5,900).

When describing the Chevalier Montrachet, the UK agent said “its [the palette’s] latent mineral presence asserts itself in a flare of intricate acidity and tension on the finish which is extraordinarily long”. Although no mainstream critics have yet to assess the wine, the release price, using Liv-ex Fair Value analysis suggests a score range of 94-96.

Domaine Leflaive, Puligny Montrachet Clavoillon Premier Cru was released at £1250 per 12×75, a 5% increase on the 2017 release price (£1190). “There is a remarkable intricacy of insinuating elegance to the finish. The best Clavoillon to date”, says the agent.

Leflaive, Batard Montrachet 2018 was released at £5180 per 12×75, an 8% increase the 2017 release price (£4780) while Bienvenues Batard Montrachet was released at £4740 per 12×75, also an 8% increase over 2017 (£4380).

The wine with the largest year-on-year increase is the 2018 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes (£2420 per 12x75cl), rising 15% over the previous vintage release price (£1990).

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