Olivier Leflaive Frères Meursault 2015 [6/cs]

olivierleflaive_meursault
France Burgundy
Chardonnay
Type: White Table Wine
Vintage: 2015

Meursault is a large appellation spread over the hillside of the Côte de Beaune. The soil varies by location, rich and deep at the bottom of the hillside, then rich in limestone on the slope. (It’s a especially important region for the winery, as it is home to chief winemaker Franck Grux.) This particular cuvée is composed from fruit from about 15 complementary plots, yielding a characteristically rich, round, elegant wine.

 

Sustainably-grown Chardonnay is harvested by hand in small lots. Upon arrival at the winery, fruit is immediately pressed in a gentle pneumatic press. The wine goes through primary and secondary fermentation in French oak barrels (roughly 20% new), then matures on fine lees for 12 months. The wine rests in bottle for a spell prior to release.


“Vibrant and toasty, with smoke, vanilla and clove notes augmented by peach, apple and lemon flavours, backed by a lively structure that leaves a clean, tangy aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2028.”

92 points, Wine Spectator, June 2017

 

“A blend of many parcels, this wine brings out the character of Meursault, poised between a crisp, mineral style and something much richer. Wood aging has brought out the riper side of the wine, emphasizing apricots as much as citrus. Drink this sumptuous wine from 2020.”

90 points, Wine Enthusiast, June 2018

 

“There is enough post-bottling sulfur to render the aromatic profile tough to read today. Otherwise there is exceptionally good richness to the very generously proportioned medium weight flavours that possess a highly seductive mouth feel while the saliva-inducing, clean and notably dry finish is shaped by citrus-tinged acidity. This is a very fine Meursault villages and also worth considering.”

89 points, burghound.com, June 2017