2010 Mâcon-Verzé, Domaines Leflaive, Burgundy, France (£19.95, Corney & Barrow, 020-7265 2400, www.corneyandbarrow.com).
Domaine Leflaive is one of the great estates in my 100 Most Iconic Wine Estates book. If I were forced to narrow this already impossibly tight selection further, I’d have to say that Leflaive has given me the finest expressions of Chardonnay I’ve tasted over the last 30 years.
Based in Puligny-Montrachet and famous for its exceptional Premier and Grand Cru releases, there is a little-known outpost of Anne-Claude Leflaive’s dynasty that makes earth-shattering wine, but – unlike her normal ‘home brews’ – at almost everyday prices!
Note the ‘s’ in the word Domaines. This implies that they come from the négociant arm of her firm – neatly swerving Burgundian wine law and meaning she can truck the grapes up from her five-parcel Mâcon site to make them in her winery, with her kit, in Puligny.
Farmed biodynamically, this is a heavenly, grand wine with considerable nobility and refinement (I am describing the wine, but I might as well be talking about Anne-Claude!). And 2010 is the finest release yet. A must-buy for white Burgundy freaks – hurry, it will go very quickly.
• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).
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