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. Olivier Leflaive Frères, was an opportunity to buy grapes and make wine. 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 vines with good grapes.
Running the business to such exacting standards means sustainable, detail-oriented oversight in the vines. 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. Olivier Leflaive’s vocation is not just about making good wine. It is also about bringing a human face to the world of wine and breathing fresh life into it. Visitors are always quick to share stories of his generosity and convivial spirit. It’s a breath of fresh air, the human side of fine wine. Maintaining a deeply personal relationship with his clients, taking the time to share the richness, diversity, and sensitivity of the world of wine – these are not afterthoughts, but some of Olivier Leflaive’s deep-rooted values.