the measly montrachet 2016 update – for #ChardonnayDay


Pierre Vincent of Domaine Leflaive, pictured posing with the amalgamated 2016 production of 6 owners in Le Montrachet – image from October 2017

I’m sure you all remember the story of the frost at the end of April 2016, it was particularly cruel on the Chassagne-side of Montrachet – or Le Montrachet. For (even more) precision it was the domaines of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Domaine Leflaive, Domaine Guy Amiot, Domaine Lamy-Pillot (including their métayage of 0.054 hectares of the vines owned by Claudine Petijean) and Domaine Fleurot who assembled their production of grapes. This resulted in a measly 530 litres of wine from 1.25 hectares of Le Montrachet – 5 hectolitres per hectare. All the elevage was done at Domaine Leflaive.

I asked Dominique Lafon today if the wine was bottled yet, and what their plans were for its commercialisation – if any:

The wine will be bottled soon. There should be ~700 bottles but as we will all keep some for our own cellars, only 500 will be released. (Those 500 will all wear the same label – Bill)

We will not auction it, we plan something for charity but are still working on the distribution system. The wine will released in 2019.

So there you go…

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 2 responses to “the measly montrachet 2016 update – for #ChardonnayDay”

  1. claude kolm24th May 2018 at 8:10 amPermalinkReply

    You should mention the gag photo in Lafon’s reception room — 2-meter high bottle with a Lafon label for 2016 Montrachet.

    • billn24th May 2018 at 8:11 amPermalinkReply

      Probably the bottles that Dominique will retain will indeed wear that label 😉

  2. Markydb25th May 2018 at 4:15 amPermalinkReply

    How much Montrachet from outside Le Montrachet?

    • billn25th May 2018 at 5:32 amPermalinkReply

      It varied by producer of-course, but their yields were 2-3 times higher – if still only half what they would normally produce…

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