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that’s what 5 hl/ha looks like


Pierre Vincent at Domaine Leflaive.

Tasting 2016s this morning, there was this chance to see what a whole hectare of Montrachet delivered in 2016 – due of-course to the frost of 27 April. Six producers assembled all their grapes from 1 hectare of vines so there was enough to vinify. Here, in the second part of elevage, they are packed into two stainless-steel tanks that total 530 litres – 5 hectolitres per hectare – so half a litre per square metre. From the 2017 vintage, Leflaive alone have almost the same volume of wine, packed into in a single bespoke barrel.

Notes in the October Burgundy Report, but the tanks of Montrachet weren’t being opened – Pierre would have needed six signatures 🙂

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