2010 Domaine Leflaive Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane 1er Cru

Year: 2010
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90
Burghound: 89-92
White Wine
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"Leflaive’s 2010 Meursault Sous Le Dos d’Ane comes across as soft, pleasing and quite pretty. Flowers and white stone fruits are some of the nuances that emerge from this soft, textured, totally inviting Meursault. The Sous Le Dos d’Ane is made from two parcels planted in 1995 and 2004. The vines are still young. It will be interesting to see what develops here over the coming years. This is the only underwhelming wine in the lineup, especially considering its pedigree and price. Personally, I would rather drink the Bourgogne. Anticipated maturity: 2012+.

Estate Manager Eric Remy has one of the sharpest memories of anyone I have ever met. His recall of specific dates and events is quite remarkable, so I will take advantage of that in reporting a very complete picture of the 2010 growing season. Accoring to Remy, in order to gain some insight on 2010, one has to start with the brutal frost of December 19, 2009, when temperatures dropped to a bone chilling -20C/-4F after having hovered around freezing for a few days prior. The very next day, temperatures shot up to 10C/50F. January was quite dry. A bit of snow fell in early February, but the rest of the month was dry. The last frosts at the domaine were recorded from March 10-14. The weather improved in April, especially towards the end of the month. May and June were cold. Flowering in the domine’s vineyards started on June 5th and ended between June 20 and 22. The first part of July was hot but stable, while the second part of the month was cold and humid. Unstable conditions persisted throughout August. A hailstorm with heavy thunder in Santenay on September 12 was a sign harvest time was approaching. A bit of botrytis was recorded on September 17. The harvest started on September 20. Yields came in around 45 hectoliters per hectare, pretty much in line with 2009, the only domaine I visited where that is the case." (WA)

"An expressive and very fresh nose of hazelnut, cool white-fleshed fruit and hints of wet stone gives way to rich, generous and admirably well-concentrated flavors that possess good intensity before fanning out into an attractively broad and persistent finish. This is textbook Meursault-Blagny." (BH)