Wines

The Signature Wine from Olivier Leflaive
Location

Production area : 35 ha
Altitude : 230-250 m

Terroir

Below 230m altitude, producing AOC village wines is not authorized. Often a simple path separates the Bourgognes area from its well-named neighbors. The soil is quite rich in colluvium and small pebbles. The wine comes from a blend of around sixty selected plots located both in the village of Puligny-Montrachet and also in Meursault. Three plots of the Côte Chalonnaise and ten in the Hautes Côte de Beaune complete the supplies. The wine is produced like the greatest.
Soil : Calcareus clay, Stilty clay

In the vineyard

Wine-Growing method : sustainable
Harvest: 90 % manual, 10% mechanical

Vinification

At their arrival in our cellar, the grapes are immediately and carefully pressed with a pneumatic press .
90 % crushed grappes, 10% destemmed grappes
Finning: yes
Filtration :Yes

Ageing

14 months (whose 4 months in stainless steel tank)
85% in oak barrels (whose 12% of new oak), 15 % in stainless steel

Serving

Serving temperature : 10-12°C
Should be drunk between 2020 and 2026

Tasting notes

The aromas of white flowers, peach, grilled almond and lemon peel dominate on a mineral background. The attack is full and warm on the palate with a lively and greedy finish.

Food and wine pairings

Ideal during the aperitif, with charcuteries or goat cheeses.

Alcohol content

13

Grapes

Chardonnay : 100 %

Pale colour with a light green tint. 70 plots mostly below Meursault and Puligny but some from the Côte Chalonnaise and the Haute Côte de beaune. 85% in wood, 12% new barrel. A light but gracefully perfumed nose, delicious fruit across the palate, with some fresh yellow fruit, a nice little touch of oak, delicious and with good length. One third of their white wine production.

Jasper Morris
Inside Burgundy , 87pts , 2020-01-06

Fresh, modestly floral – nicely pure. Bright, energy – ooh intense too. Not an overt concentration, but all the better for it – mobile fresh and certainly delicious. Excellent Bourgogne!

Bill Nanson
Burgundy Report , 2020-01-06

Light nose and lots of vivacious, dancing fruit. Olivier seems to have the recipe … and it’s fair value. If I found this in a country pub, I’d be delighted, though it’s probably not ‘serious’ enough to lay down.

Jancis Robinson , 16/20 , 2020-01-20

Very Good to Excellent To those looking for a delicious white Burgundy at a reasonable price, look no further. A blend of grapes from about sixty plots in the villages of Puligny and Meursault. Light yellow; aromas of Bosc pear, lemon oil and magnolia. Medium bodied with good concentration. Excellent ripeness, very good, slightly tart acidity, impressive persistence. Beautifully made, this offers a lot of character for not a lot of money (the suggested retail price for the current offering from the outstanding 2018 vintage is $20 a bottle). This is so consistent year in and year out, as a reliable white Burgundy that is an excellent value. Enjoy over the next 2-3 years.

Tom Hyland
Forbes , 2020-03-01

This is a wine of surpassing elegence, slightly reductive initially yet not overwhelmingly so, with aromas of mineral and warm slate, lemon-lime, delicate spice in the peppercorn vein, and lemon blossoms, all preceding a palate of notable concentration and energy. Interestingly, while there’s less fruit than typical Bourgogne Blancs here, this bottling more than makes up for its lemon pith, mineral and lingering notes of graphite and mashed almonds.

Brian Freedman
Forbes , 2020-07-03

Citrusy apple, petrol and sulfur-tinged aromas give way to racy, delicious and appealingly detailed middle weight flavors that conclude in a dry and slightly short finish. This may well better harmonize once the post-bottling sulfur is more completely absorbed but today, this is awkward.

Allen Meadows
Burghound , 86pts , 2020-10-12

Leflaive’s 2018 Bourgogne Blanc Les Sétilles exhibits aromas of yellow orchard fruit, toasted nuts and fresh herbs, followed by a medium-bodied, supple and open-knit palate that lacks a little concentration, reflecting the vintage’s copious yields.

William Kelley
Wine Advocate , 86pts , 2021-01-14