Allegrini is to partner with one of the most prestigious wineries in Burgundy. From 1st April 2018 it will undertake the import and distribution on the Italian market of Olivier Leflaive, which manages a Domaine of 20 proprietary hectares (Abbaye de Morgeot, Clos Saint-Marc, Batard-Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet, Les Pucelles, Les Folatières, Meursault Blagny Sous Le Dos d’Ane, Les Poruzots) and a Maison that vinifies grapes from 80 hectares of other suppliers vineyards, in addition to the brand Champagne Valentin Leflaive, the result of a joint project with Erick De Sousa in Avize.
The announcement of the partnership was made jointly by the two companies.
“Thanks to this collaboration we have a real opportunity to compete even more successfully in the luxury wine and high-end restaurant sector. Olivier Leflaive, a benchmark producer in Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy – explains Marilisa Allegrini, co-owner with Franco and Silvia of the historic Valpolicella winery, as well as estates in Bolgheri and Montalcino – is, like us, a family-run business that is rich in history and one with which we share values and production philosophy, founded on proprietary vineyards”.
For Olivier Leflaive “expanding our distribution network and expanding into an important market such as the Italian market was a long-term goal, which has finally been realized today with a partner like Allegrini, which is recognized and well-loved by consumers and has strong international penetration. In addition to the wines of Burgundy – Domaine and Maison – Allegrini will also distribute for us in Italy Champagne Valentin Leflaive, our latest challenge and one that is providing us with great satisfaction”.
The history of Olivier Leflaive
From 1981 to 1994 Olivier Leflaive managed the historic family estate Domaine Leflaive together with his uncle Vincent. In 1984 he founded Maison Olivier Leflaive with his brother Patrick and uncle Vincent, with the aim of creating a new company in Puligny. From 1995 onwards, he started purchasing vineyards, including several Premier Cru such as Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St-Marc and Abbaye de Morgeot. In 2010 Olivier and Patrick took over their family legacy: Chevalier-Montrachet, Batard-Montrachet, Puligny Premier Cru les Pucelles & Folatières and Meursault Premier Cru Sous Le Dos d’Ane. The company is now managed by CEO Jean Soubeyrand and technical director Franck Grux, under the chairmanship of Olivier Leflaive.