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…

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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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