Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Clavoillon 2017Regular price $279.99
Years when planted: 1959,1960,1962,1972, 1973, 1981, 1983 and 1988.
Surface: 4ha 79a (11.84 acres).
The expectations on the 2017 harvest was high in Burgundy following the 2016 frost that destroyed a large part of last year's harvest..
Winter 2016-2017 cold, in line with Burgundy's continental climate with alternating frosts and thaws allowing the earth to expand and to other micro-organism to be eliminated.
March saw dome very mild temperatures, favouring a fast growth of the vine. However, the temperatures dropped in April 2017 with freezing temperatures late April. This time, all had anticipated the weather conditions and all vine-growers mobilized at sunrise to light straw fires which allowed the air to circulate and thereby avoid frost.
Flowering was early and fast at the end of May. A very hot and sunny summer settles in with regular showers allowing the vine to pursue its development. The last heat wave occurred at the end of August and caused an acceleration of the maturity.
Harvest started on 29th August in the more mature plots (Folatières, Combettes, Chevalier) and continued after a light rain on 31st August. The sugar in the must was not too high and acidities were excellent which will certainly mean very balanced wines after fermentations.
The Wine Advocate 91-93 Points
"The 2017 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon is excellent, and a clear step up over the Puligny Village, something that can't be taken for granted. Offering up aromas of lemon, beeswax, white flowers and blanched almonds, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny and nicely concentrated, with tangy acids, chewy extract and a long, precise finish. It's promisingly tight-knit and should develop further before it's bottled." --William Kelley, January 2019