Star of the Puligny-Montrachet and the biodynamie, the domain Leflaive was carried in the summit thanks to a quality approved by a large majority by the amateurs of the whole world.
The grape makes the wine: in the Domain, the sanitary state of the grape harvest determines the quality of the wine. The manuring of the compost, the short size, the ébourgeonnage and the organic culture of the vineyard allow a strict control of the yield.
The wine making and the breeding come true in the respect for the Burgundian tradition: long and natural fermentations in oak barrels, bâtonnage until winter. The pneumatic presses and the air conditioning of wine storehouses are the contribution of the progress. Two winters in cellar offer to the wine all the necessary assets to be held in bottle "on its two legs", as we say here.
An above ground and passive cellar, using only natural materials. The Leflaive estate in Puligny-Montrachet in Burgundy asked AZCA to design a winery for the breeding of its very great white wines in biodynamics end of 2010. Pioneer for more than 20 years in this extremely environmentally friendly agriculture, the estate was keen to extend its philosophy to architecture and build a building that looks like it. The cellar had to resonate with their principles and propose a space that could accommodate 180 oak barrels for the aging of grands crus. In the village, the ground water is very close and does not allow to bury the cellars. At once aesthetic, structural and energetic, the idea of an egg-shaped cellar above ground appeared as a matter of course. The vault is self-supporting, anchored comfortably in the ground and rises to more than 6m50 of height allowing to offer to the wines a very good cosmotelluric verticality. One of the goals was to use only natural, healthy, and local materials. It has therefore been proposed a straw bale filling, from biodynamic culture to promote it. The interior finish of the vault consists of reed panels and two layers of earth rendering. At the foot of the vault the implementation of a wall of compressed earthen brick mortared with the mortar allows to regulate the hygrometry of the place.