The Grapes of Burgundy & Champagne Wine Spectator Wine Seminar at Eden Roc Miami Beach

Miami Beach, FL – February 22, 2020 – The Côte de Beaune produces some of the best white wines in the world – unequalled intensity, complexity and elegance. Nestled right in the middle of the appellation is Olivier Leflaive Frères; founded in 1717, the Leflaive family has been making wine in Puligny Montrachet for 18 generations. Olivier started his own winemaking business in 1984, after his American importer, Frederick Wildman & Sons, expressed interest in wines from Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet. At the time, the family estate didn’t have vines in either appellation or the capacity to vinify any more grapes. His business model was to buy grapes and must and then sell the wine prior to bottling, a revolutionary idea in Burgundy at the time. His brother, Patrick, joined the company as co-owner and thus Olivier Leflaive Frères was born. Always looking for new opportunities, Olivier partnered with Erick de Souza from Champagne de Souza to create Champagne Valentin Leflaive. They’ve created a new kind of growers Champagne with a Burgundian making the base wine and a Champenois creating the Champagne.

The one consistency in all of Olivier Leflaive’s project is the grape varietals. Whether it comes from the Côte de Beaune or the Côte des Blancs, chardonnay and pinot noir are the only grapes he ever uses. This seminar illustrated the diversity of the terroir in Burgundy and Champagne. Guests explored how each wine is an expression of the different soil characteristics of the appellation and the vineyard sites.

 

Olivier Leflaive: The Grapes of Burgundy & Champagne Wine Spectator Wine Seminar at Eden Roc Miami Beach

 

Oenotourisme : Olivier Leflaive passe à la vitesse supérieure

WINE TOURISM : OLIVIER LEFLAIVE GOES UP A GEAR

As a specialist in white wines from the Côte de Beaune and a pioneer in wine tourism, Olivier Leflaive intends to stay one step ahead, whatever the circumstances. It has just inaugurated a hotel and a truly gastronomie restaurant in the heart of Puligny-Montrachet. The site has a wine bar where you can also taste wines from other winegrowers. Julie Leflaive, Olivier’s daughter, explains the process: “We went to see what was being clone elsewhere in the world in ter ms of wine tourism. It seemed essential to us to develop what my father had launched. I wanted the hotel-restaurant to be comfortable but also to remain a family run business. This is essential to make people love Bourgogne as much as possible. We have also created a bar so that customers can sit, share with the sommeliers and eat. We also wanted them to be able to choose between different menus and a large choice of wines. That’s how we opened up to other wine grower friends, who are now present on the menu.” 

Jean Soubeyrand, president of the company, explains the desire thus materialised: “Wine tourism is a very specific activity that requires a lot of investment and personnel. It is sometimes exhausting but it is also a real passion. Our passion is to see our customers corne back and leave with a smile up to their ears. Because they have had a tasting, a culinary experience, have walked through the vineyards. They had a real experience. Our clients have a passion for Bourgogne. It is essential to develop a warm welcome in our beautiful region”. 

Le partage en héritage

Le magazine bourguignon Arts et Gastronomie  met en lumière notre Hôtel**** Restaurant.

A Puligny-Montrachet, ce nom fait écho à 19 générations qui ont travaillé la vigne pour permettre au Domaine d’être reconnu au titre des grands vins de Bourgogne. Plus qu’une maison de vin, c’est aussi un lieu d’accueil ouvert sur le monde. Après une belle rénovation d’un an, l’Hôtel**** et Restaurant Olivier Leflaive change de visage, sous la direction de Julie Leflaive. La décoration est chic et soignée jusque dans les moindres détails. Le charme et l’authenticité du lieu est toujours présent par les matériaux nobles et les couleurs profondes. La cuisine a été totalement repensée et ré-agencé par le Chef Lionel Freitas. Le Bistro d’Olivier propose une cuisine intuitive et de saison, avec une carte allant de la cocotte réconfortante au saumon gravelax aux agrumes et épices, comme un trait d’union entre les deux générations. La marque de fabrique de la maison, le repas avec la dégustation de 3, 6 ou 9 vins est étoffée par une carte des vins des confrères et amis de Bourgogne et d’ailleurs. Le soir, optez pour le menu Gourmet, avant goût du restaurant gastronomique dont l’ouverture est à venir … ! La Découverte des lieux se poursuit dans le salon cosy, au coin du feu, pour une dégustation de vins, un événement privé ou simplement un moment de détente.