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Expert Picks: Gilbert Picq and Domaine Leflaive

Posted on | March 12, 2015 | Written by Justin Kowalsky | No Comments

Justin_8.6.14_72dpiAll it took was a single beautiful day in this past six weeks of below freezing misery to get me excited for spring. It is finally time for the frozen tundra to thaw and, with it, it is time to start enjoying crisp and refreshing white Burgundies again. When I think of spring, Chablis Village and Bourgogne Blanc are among the first wines that always come to mind. Mouthwatering acidity, fresh citrus fruits, and beautiful complexity without heaviness is what spring wine drinking is all about to me. With that, I raise a glass of white Burgundy to toast to a long awaited spring 2015.

Gilbert Picq 2011 Chablis V.V. $27.99

Always a contender for Chablis A.C. of the vintage, the 2011 Picq old-vine cuvée offers up “oh, so classic” Chablis notes of citrus and apple, loads of mineral-inflected notes, and a rich, mouth-coating finish that lingers for a minute without even the hint of heaviness. Delicious! Although considered a village level wine, this wine easily holds its own with many 1er Crus. It’s an outstanding choice for spring enjoyment.

Domaine Leflaive 2011 Bourgogne Blanc $59.99

When it comes to white Burgundy, few estates have the reputation of Domaine Leflaive. Considered to be the premier estate in Puligny Montrachet, and deservedly so for its incredible consistency, Domaine Leflaive was among the first to become fully biodynamic from Bourgogne Blanc to Montrachet, and it has never looked back. The 2011 Bourgogne blanc is beautifully detailed with notes of apple, pear, and acacia blossoms. The vibrant acidity gives a freshness and liveliness that makes the flavors to dance across the palate. Hints of telltale Puligny mineral notes bring this Bourgogne blanc to another level. It’s a beautiful Bourgogne to enjoy by itself or with lovely grilled springtime dishes.


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