Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc 2001

Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc 2001 (Magnum)An excellent drink with the bellota! Flinty, lemony, slightly yeasty with streaks of mineral tones and a medium to medium-plus finish. The wine was truly well-made, alive and singing. Time to drink up if you have any left in your cellar. After all, it’s just a basic bourgogne. The bottle I had was a magnum, and possibly the reason why the wine has kept so well. My friends and I didn’t manage to finish it and I brought the bottle home – it was still very fresh and tasty on its second day! Yums!

Brane-Cantenac 1975 and Jade Palace Singapore

Leflaive's Puligny Montrachet Claivoillon and Jade PalaceStarted the evening with a bottle of Leflaive’s 2003 Puligny-Montrachet Clavoillon which was brimming with mineral tones and sherry-like notes. It took quite awhile for my dinner companions and I to finish the bottle with the beautifully braised peanuts, the tasty frog legs (with deep fried ginger slices) and the roasted quails before we managed to move on to the reds.
Brane Cantenac 1975The Brane-Cantenanc 1975 which I have double decanted earlier was reticent at first but showed quite well after some aeration with an opaque garnet core, light brown hues and an orange-brownish rim. Lifted aromas of dried mandarin peel, and a little honeyed character on the nose when it was first uncorked. More floral tones developed later on with some aeration at the dinner table. Lots of sediment here. Delicate. Tart red fruits with a dose of cinnamon on the palate. Cloves and sour plum flavours emerged too with layers of secondary characteristics. And it went down quite well with the pan fried tofu with crabmeat and crab roe. Do note that the cork crumbled as I tried my best to pry it out of the bottle but fortunately, what it meant to protect was still fresh and lively. The wine still had a tannic grip but smooth and ripe. Med+ finish. Why can’t they make young Bordeaux taste like this? I’d hate to wait 20-30 years for wines to mature and show their peak performance!

Wine Crystallization

CrystallizationL’analyse de cristallisation sensible permet de visualiser une substance vivante et ses qualites subtiles. La trame, la regularite, la finesse, l’organisation des aiguilles, la nettete du centre et la structure peripherique indiquent l’energie, la race et le potentiel d’un vin.

This really is wine education for consumers on a bottle. Leflaive’s Blagny 1er Cru 2000 back label explained about the crystallization that is to be expected for the 2000 vintage bottled by the domaine. I can safely say that there was quite a significant amount of tartrate crystal found in the wine – not a quality that’s acceptable to most american wine consumers though. So the picture provided by the winery was really thoughtful.

Remoissenet’s Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres 2001 and Leflaive’s Blagny Sous de dos d’ane 2000

Remoissenet Puligny-Montrachet Folatieres 2001 and Leflaive's Blagny 2000

Didn’t write down any notes so here’s what I remembered: the Les Folatieres had a sweet honeyed aroma and quite floral with a touch of bortrytis. On the palate it was completely dry with good ripe stoned fruit flavours. Slightly on the heavy side in terms of mouthfeel that ended with a medium, slightly bitter finish. Leflaive’s had a dangerously close call to 2,4,6-trichloroanisole but there were still abundant primary fruit flavours . Rustic and slightly grainy in texture. One of the last vintages of this particular vineyard before the vines were replanted with Chardonnay.