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March 9, 2020
We are simply ecstatic to present to you this opportunity to secure a selection of excellent Burgundy wines from Olivier Leflaive, one of the most esteemed wineries of the region.
A bit of background; in 1982 Monsieur Olivier Leflaive became co-manager of Burgundy’s Domaine Leflaive, along with his uncle Vincent, and later with his cousin Anne-Claude. In 1984 while at the helm of the great Puligny-Montrachet estate, Olivier decided to create his own company.
It was an enterprise distinct from Domaine Leflaive, with no animosity or bad blood. The goal of Olivier Leflaive, quite simply, is to produce great wines. Olivier had the experience to know that there are no secrets to this approach: everything starts in the vineyards with good grapes. Today, the estate covers some 17 hectares, and is the result of carefully-managed acquisitions over the years.
Although the quality of the harvest is key, Olivier and his team will tell you that vinification and ageing also play a major role in bringing out the essence of each appellation. Franck Grux and Philippe Grillet, the domaine’s technical team, make it their daily task to ensure the wines show respect for terroir. As such, the estate’s approach is to treat each cuvée individually. The work of the team reflects the company’s family spirit. A solid core of people have been part of this adventure for many years, which ensures a rigorous approach and constant quest for improvement.
All cases are sold only by the unmixed case. Prices are per bottle, taxes included. Expect arrival in 10-12 weeks. No payment is necessary until we arrange your delivery. Stocks are limited, but we will do our best to distribute the cases equitably.
This new grand white Burgundy was born in the 2012 vintage as an homage to Olivier’s uncle Vincent Leflaive, the man behind the international success of the eponymous wine estate.
Its source is 8 plots, representing a little less than 4 hectares of the estate’s best vines in Puligny-Montrachet. The fermentation was of 30% whole berries, 70% crushed, and then the wine spent 9 months in barrique, 15% of which were first-fill. The wine is fined and filtered.
Its aromas express white fruits (pear and peach), with buttery notes. A lovely freshness on the palate, a creamy texture, good structure and it has remarkable tension. The selection of the vines gives a more aristocratic touch to this white Burgundy wine, with minerality and great intensity.
“An enticing mix of lime blossom, seashore and citrus aromas signals this elegant, linear white. Citronella and nut oil flavours play out on the long, detailed aftertaste. Drink now through 2022. 750 cases imported.”
90 points, Wine Spectator, Nov 2017
“A whiff of matchstick character can be found on the equally pretty and ripe assortment of white orchard fruit and floral scents. As is usually the case there is a bit more size, weight and richness to the attractively textured middle weight flavours that are blessed with slightly better depth and length and less evident warmth. This is really quite good for its level and would make a fine choice for an all-around house white. 2019+”
Facing “east south east”, Les Cloux is a classic terroir of the Rully A.O.C, on a landscape of marly limestone soil. Chardonnay is located at the top of the hillside, Pinot Noir is at the bottom.
“Pretty, cool and airy aromas are composed by notes of pear, apple and white peach. The much rounder and generously proportioned medium-bodied flavours possess good mid-palate sap that coats the mouth on the caressing and relatively pliant finish. This well-made and balanced effort should be enjoyable young. 2021+”
Regarded as the greatest terroir in Saint-Romain, the south-east exposure of five distinct plots, grown in limestone soil, produces a wine that mixes richness with subtlety. Gently crushed grapes are fermented in stainless steel and then moved to barriques for 6 months, 20% of which are new. The wine is filtered and fined before bottling.
2015 is a fabulous vintage for white Burgundies. Wine Advocate rated the vintage 94E meaning “outstanding and accessible”; Wine Spectator awarded 95.
92 points, Tim Atkin MW, Jan 2017
Saint-Aubin 1er Cru “en Remilly” 2017
$101.95 per bottle, cases of 6
Saint-Aubin is one of the great “value” appellations in all of Burgundy. Located on the side of Chassagne-Montrachet, this vineyard grows on white and very calcareous soils. It has become a very famous terroir over the last fifteen years.
“Still tight and coiled like a spring, this is a wine with lots of power and intensity in reserve. Aged in 20% new wood, it’s an impressive interpretation of one of St-Aubin’s two most celebrated premiers crus, with mineral-edged acidity, some vanilla spice and a creamy mid-palate. 2020-2025.”
93 points, Tim Atkin MW, Decanter magazine, Oct 2018
$135.95 per bottle, cases of 6
Meursault is the biggest village of the Côte de Beaune and produces mainly white wines. Olivier Leflaive’s Meursault comes from blending about fifteen different but complementary plots in order to obtain rich and elegant wines.
“A cool and overtly smokey nose features notes of hazelnut, floral, citrus and a soft application of wood influence. The clean, intense and precise flavours are quite tightly focused while exuding evident minerality on the racy, linear and beautifully well-detailed finish that is quite dry but not really austere. Lovely. 2024+”
Ideally located, facing south-east, the 1er Cru Genevrieres is divided in two parts, one part “Dessus” is the continuation of Les Perrières and another part “Dessous” is the continuation of Les Charmes. The soil consists of very stoney white marl, which Chardonnay loves.
“The grapes for this wine came from two growers, one picked early, the other very late (October 10th). The result is definitely more than the sum of its parts, with flavours of cinnamon and pastry, gentle oak and tangy, refreshing acidity. The late-picked grapes add some extra weight.”
95 points, Tim Atkin MW, Feb 2015
Meursault 1er Cru “Perrières” 2013
$227.95 per bottle, cases of 6
“Perrières” is considered the best white wine of Meursault, many Burgundians think that it should be elevated to Grand Cru status. The challenging issue is that the vineyard is not homogenous.
Comprising 13 hectares and four climats, there are numerous aspects and soil types, with its stoney geology producing a wine that seems particularly direct and minerally, and almost more like Puligny-Montrachet.
Olivier Leflaive’s Chardonnay fruit comes from two climats within Perrières: “Dessous” which provides the minerality, and “Dessus” which brings power and elegance.
$143.95 per bottle, cases of 6
In the southern end of Chassagne-Montrachet, near Santenay there is deeper and more clayey soil, in the north end near Puligny-Montrachet where there is light and pebbly soil, the Chardonnay produced will be very different. The winery uses fruit from both parcels to achieve balance and complexity.
This cuvée is produced from the winery’s own vineyards (Houillères and Pierres), as well as purchased fruit from Charrières, La Bergerie, and Les Mazures-et-Voillenots.
“Once again a deft touch of wood can be found on the aromas of resin, pear liqueur and apple. There is very good verve to the nicely detailed if not especially dense flavours that possess more refinement than usual before concluding in a solidly lingering finish. This well-made effort should repay 5 to 8 years of cellaring. 2023+”
“…….a mouthful of delicious, fresh, well-concentrated flavour – such a classic selection at this producer in 2017. Vibrant and concentrated finishing – Bravo.” Bill Nanson, Burgundy Report , Dec 2018
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Abbaye de Morgeot Domaine” 2016
$199.95 per bottle, cases of 6
A blending from two plots from the Domaine, as well as fruit from two contracts with neighbours. The A.O.C used to be called “Clos de Morgeot”, and is located below the road that runs from Chassagne-Montrachet to Santenay. The soil is deeper and more clayey than elsewhere but benefits from limestone as well.
“Firm reduction blocks an evaluation of the nose though there is a lovely sense of freshness to the voluminous and concentrated medium-bodied flavours that evidence solid power on the clean, dry and nicely complex and persistent finale. Good stuff with equally good aging potential. 2023+”
“An enticing mix of lime blossom, apple, citronella and spice flavours are the highlights of this elegant, intense white. Poised and stretched out on the finish. Drink now through 2023.” 92 points, Wine Spectator, Sept 2018
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru “Champ Gain” 2015
$187.95 per bottle, cases of 6
Champ Gain sits above Folatières on the Mont-Rachet. The name refers to being “regained” as a valuable vineyard. After phylloxera destroyed the vineyard in the 1880s, it was left to the forest to take over. In the 1950s it as replanted and regained life.
Champ Gains are vibrant and floral, racy and taut, more elegant and finer than many wines of the Puligny-Montrachet appellation.
“Firm reduction. This is sleeker if not quite as concentrated as the Champ Canet but it is more mineral-driven with a lovely sense of vibrancy and inner mouth perfume while delivering excellent length on the bone dry finish. This is a really fine effort that is less marked by the style of the vintage than many wines here. 2023+”
Referts is the closest climat to Meursault 1er Cru Charmes, these areas are divided by the famous “Chemin des Moînes” (the monks path). The soil is marly at the top and and more ferruginous (iron-rich) at the bottom, therefore it produces a more unctuous and a fatter wine than the others from Puligny-Montrachet.
“Firm reduction and sulphur dominate the nose today. Once again there is excellent richness and volume to the solidly concentrated medium weight flavours that possess almost painful intensity while coating the palate with dry extract on the impressively persistent finish that is longer if not quite as dry as the Champ Gain. 2022+”
Corton-Charlemagne is the largest A.O.C. which stretches out across three villages: Aloxe-Corton, Pernand-Vergelesses and Ladoix-Serrigny, forming La Butte de Corton.
The geological differences and the different exposures produce rich and fat wines with mineral and crystalline overtones. There are two superposed limestone origins from the Oxfordian period. The vine roots have to draw the essential elements which give the specific taste of this terroir. Our cuvée is vinified from a few plots located in the three villages.
“Properly rich and majestic, this wine also has impressive amounts of crisp acidity to balance its concentration. The wine has layers of peach and apricot along with beautiful acidity and a taut texture that will allow it to age. It is generous and will become opulent and full bodied as it develops. Drink this powerful wine from 2022.”
95 points, Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2016
“The Olivier Leflaive sources are in Pernand-vergelesses and Aloxe-Corton, amounting to seven barrels in all. Combining power and density with the precision that’s typical of the Grand Cru, this is a stylish, well-balanced wine showing notes of grapefruit and lemongrass and a taut, tangy finish.” 95 points, Tim Atkin MW, Jan 2016
Les Vins Rouges
Santenay 1er Cru “Passetemps” 2016
$85.95 per bottle, cases of 6
Passetemps no doubt refers to how difficult it is to work this piece of land. A vineyard with south-east exposure on the outskirts of the village of Santenay, heading towards Chassagne-Montrachet.
The soil is comprised of brown limestone and some blue clays. The grapes are destemmed before fermentation, which lasts 16 days. The wines are then moved into barrels for 13 months, 25% of which are new oak barriques. The wine is bottled unfined, but lightly filtered.
$89.95 per bottle, cases of 6
The 2014 comes from four vineyards; Boutières, Caillettes, Guérets and Valozières. The Pinot Noir arrives and is carefully sorted, ensuring only perfect fruit. The bunches are destemmed and fermentation takes 17 days. The wine is then moved into barriques for 12 months, 25% of these are new barriques, the remainder are seasoned. The wine is gently fined.
$102.95 per bottle, cases of 6
The grapes for the Volnay are purchased from different and complementary vineyards called Echards, Famines, Grands Champs, and Poisots, and the fruit is blended directly in the tanks for fermentation. The wine sees thirteen months in barriques, 25% of which are first-fill.
The soil of Volnay is lighter and more stoney than the soil of its neighbor Pommard. Volnay produces elegant and fruity wines.
“A pretty and more elegant nose mixes liqueur-like aroma of plum with hints of earth and violet. The supple, round and relatively powerful middle weight flavors possess plenty of energy though the firm and clean finish is noticeably rustic.”
Located above Epenots, this vineyard is made up of small terraced plots. The soils are less clayey than elsewhere, with some limestone, which produces fruity and well coloured wines with plenty of aromaticity. The wine spends thirteen months in barriques, 25% of which are new.