The Leflaive family has resided in the village of Puligny-Montrachet for centuries; today, it is home to Maison Olivier Leflaive. The terroir here is second to none, and the winery produces almost a dozen cuvées from the appellation’s top-tier Chardonnay vineyards each year. The appellation of Puligny-Montrachet lies toward the bottom of a hillside, with Meursault to the north and Chassagne-Montrachet to the south. The pebbly soil here is rich in clay and limestone. The style produced varies by site, but the appellation is associated with wines of elegance and richness. Olivier Leflaive is fortunate to have access to fruit from over 21 sites in the appellation, bringing a beautiful depth to the wine. Vines are 36 years old, on average.
Sustainably-grown Chardonnay is harvested by hand in small lots. Upon arrival at the winery, fruit is pressed immediately by a gentle pneumatic press, 70% crushed first, the remainder pressed as whole berries. The wine goes through primary and secondary in French oak barrels (20% new), where it matures on fine lees for 12 months. It rests in bottle for a spell prior to release.
“A blend of a variety of parcels in the Leflaive home village of Puligny-Montrachet, this wine is rich while also intensely structured and mineral textured. Spice and buttered toast comes from the wood aging along with the peach and ripe quince fruits. The line of acidity that cuts through the wine adds to the complexity. Drink from 2020.”
92 points, Wine Enthusiast, June 2018
“This white comes on softly, offering aromas and flavours of butterscotch, vanilla, pastry, floral and white peach. Remains open and turns tense and fresh on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2024.”
91 points, Wine Spectator, Aug 2017
“Strong reduction presently flattens the fruit though there is a lovely sense of vibrancy to the succulent but sleek middle weight flavours that offer really fine depth and length on the clean and dry finish. This isn’t super dense but it’s exceptionally pretty and very Puligny in style plus it should age effortlessly.”
(89-91) points, Burghound, June 2017