In 1984 Olivier and Patrick Leflaive left the family business, Domaine Leflaive, to establish the negociant house that bears their name. At the same time, they agreed with their family at Domaine Leflaive that the vineyards they owned would remain under contract with the Domaine. This contract came to term in 2010 and the vineyards have now come back under the control of Olivier and Patrick Leflaive and their company, Olivier Leflaive Frères. It is a spectacular holding including parcels of Bâtard Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Puligny Montrachet Pucelles and Meursault Blagny. These holdings join the properties in Chassagne Montrachet, Abbaye de Morgeot and Clos St Marc, that have always been managed by Olivier Leflaive Frères and bring the new Domaine Olivier Leflaive to a total of close to 17 hectares, most Premier and Grand Cru. The new parcels are referred to as Recolte du Domaine and are all farmed biodynamically (as they were under the management of Domaine Leflaive). The first vintage for these new wines is 2010.
Terroir: The Grand Cru Bâtard Montrachet sits just below Le Montrachet and borders Chevalier Montrachet to the north. The 28 acre vineyard is split between the AOC’s of Chassagne and Puligny Montachet. Domaine Olivier Leflaive owns a total of .18 acres split between to parcels on the Puligny side of the vineyard. The plots run from top to bottom with exposures to the southeast. Grapes here are farmed biodynamically and vines average more than 48 years old.
Vinification: Whole berries are pressed and undergo fermentation entirely in oak barrels, 35% of which are new. The wines are then aged for 12 months in barrel followed by 5 months in stainless steel prior to a light fining and filtering.
Rich green gold in color, this wine has opulently fragrant and very expressive aromas. The palate is powerfully structured, with thrilling fruit concentration and magnificent length. Finesse, complexity and elegance.
Score: 96 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
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