The new Esprit Leflaive collection offers eight unique wines that express the superb terroirs of Burgundy and a deep understanding of Chardonnay and ... Pinot Noir. The Domaine explores other territories, with selected winegrowers who often work very old vines harvested by the Domaine's teams. General Manager Pierre Vincent recounts the launch of the 2018 vintage.
Why did you create the Esprit Leflaive collection?
When I arrived in 2017, Domaine Leflaive only produced Chardonnay, of course Puligny but also Mâcon, which was a first form of diversity. We wished to go further, to explore other beautiful terroirs. Our goal was to still make exceptional wines in the spirit of craftsmen, in modest quantities, from 300 up to 4,000 bottles depending on the cuvées. In addition to our clientele of fine restaurants, this collection can allow us to reach the clientele of bistronomic restaurants, to offer other amateurs the opportunity to discover Leflaive.
Esprit Leflaive thus extends its territory to Chablis...
We had to go there. In Chablis, we are in Burgundy with a very strong terroir marker. When blind tasting, you immediately recognize a Chablis. We wanted to see if we were able to bring something to a very well-established appellation. Bringing our Leflaive touch, above all finding balance with the character of Chablis wines. Because sooner or later, the terroir always ends up expressing itself.
The Esprit Leflaive wines have three cuvées in red. You wanted to work with pinot noir again?
Yes! When you love Pinot Noir, you can't live without it. I tried to bring my know-how in the vinification of reds. Very good reds from the first vintage: the same as before but better. From this first 2018 vintage, we wanted to produce Pinot Noir with finesse and elegance, without falling into slenderness, but finding substance and depth. This is ultimately the stylistic definition of our whites, of the Domaine. This diversity of the Esprit Leflaive collection is interesting for all the wines of the Domaine and we are going to expand it on the following vintages to two Beaune Premier Cru, a Savigny Premier Cru and a Gevrey-Chambertin.
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