2005 Domaine LeFlaive Macon-Verze Burgundy, France
The 2005 vintage in Burgundy was excellent, with their top wines some of the best ever, and low-end wines much better than normal. For a winery like Domaine LeFlaive, one of the best in the region, the vintage shows through in the Macon-Verze, a lovely Chardonnay from the Maconnais appellation in the southern part of Burgundy. A new venture away from the home vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet, the 2005 is only the second year for this wine. Lush, yet still crisp on the finish, this silky white shows lemon and honeysuckle flavors, with light toasty oak, a mineral streak, and spicy almond notes. The $35 price tag makes it a great way to taste Domaine LeFlaive wines without spending an arm and a leg. Unlike Bordeaux, Burgundy wines took only a modest price increase with the 2005 vintage.Anne-Claude LeFlaive runs her vineyards not just organically, but biodynamically. Winemaker Pierre Morey ages the Macon-Verze for 12 months in French oak barrels, 25 percent new, to impart a roundness to the wine. The vineyard is actually five parcels totaling 23 acres, all purchased in December 2003. LeFlaive purchased the vineyard from an elderly couple who only made wine on Sundays. Okay, they actually had no heirs and wanted good caretakers for their property. As of 2006, the vineyards are farmed completely biodynamically.Claude LeFlaive was making wine in Puligny by 1737. 150 years later, Joseph LeFlaive founded the winery shortly after World War I. Granddaughter Anne-Claude took the reins in 1993, embracing the biodynamic principles and improving the wines.The 2005 Macon-Verze drinks beautifully now: Open it up and let it breathe for 30 minutes to allow it to come alive. Drink this with Brie, crab, or lobster. Jarrett Osborn | Riverwalk Wine & Spirits
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