Profile of Domaine Olivier Leflaive

The inherent beauty, power, and refinement of top white Burgundy reaches its pinnacle at Domaine Olivier Leflaive. For despite the fact that the domaine was founded as relatively recently as 1994, from the outset Olivier Leflaive has been producing superlative quality wines from the finest vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet. Today, the domaine produces wines from vineyards across the Cote d’Or, representing over 90 appellations from Pommard to Aloxe Corton. However, it is the white Burgundy made from estate owned vineyards that really excite connoisseurs, crafted with singular expertise by master winemaker Franck Grux. For over two decades, Grux has been producing an extremely consistent and enviable range of delicious white wines, indeed, no number of adjectives can possibly do them justice. They offer wonderful purity, concentration, and poise – the very definition of elegance in a glass!

Although Olivier Leflaive only started working with his own domaine in the 1990s, the Leflaive family have been white Burgundy producers for many decades; indeed, Olivier is the latest embodiment in a proud tradition of family winemaking in Puligny-Montrachet. His ancestor, Joseph Leflaive, was a grower around the time of the First World War, and also made a living from steel production. However, that side of the business was struggling, and so Joseph put all his faith – and money! – into expanding his wine estate and increasing his vineyard holdings. The wines’ renown grew and in 1953, his son Joseph and brother Vincent took the reins and built up a mighty reputation during the 1960s and 70s; so much so that the wines were intensely sought after and very expensive. The next generation, Vincent’s daughter Anne-Claude achieved even greater heights for the wines, working with her cousin, Olivier, in a great partnership. But Olivier yearned to strike out on his own, and in 1984 set up his own merchant house, although he continued to manage Domaine Leflaive until 1994. That year, Olivier was proud to unveil Domaine Olivier Leflaive, finally achieving what he had so often dreamt of; producing his own label wines from his own vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet. He also opened a fantastic restaurant, La table de Oliver Leflaive and has been an ardent supporter of promoting wine tourism in the region.

So, thanks largely in part to the inspired decision of hiring maestro Franck Grux from the beginning, Olivier has built up a reputation equal to his family legacy of Domaine Leflaive. All his wines, from the village Meursault’s to the mighty Grand Crus of Le Montrachet and Criots-Batard-Montrachet show real class and purity of flavor. But, of course, the magic starts in the vineyard, not the cellar; here too, Olivier is blessed with the extraordinary talents of his brilliant team, who practice bio-dynamic principles and possess an unrivaled understanding of the terroirs they work with. Balance and health in the vineyards is their top priority, and boy does it show in the wines! Thirty years on, Olivier’s reputation for stunning white Burgundy remains untarnished.

Wines produced

  • Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Chardonnay

    100% Chardonnay. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged for 12 months in 5% new French oak. A great value white Burgundy, accessible on release.

  • Olivier Leflaive Beaune Premier Cru Montrevenots Blancs

    100% Chardonnay. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged for 12 months in 25% new French oak.

  • Olivier Leflaive Chablis Cote de Lechet (Premier Cru)

    100% Chardonnay. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged in 15/20% new French oak for 12 months. Produced from grapes purchased from top Chablis growers.

  • Olivier Leflaive Volnay Clos de Angles (Premier Cru)

    100% Pinot Noir. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, after a pre-fermentation cold oak maceration of 20 days. The wine is then aged in 15/20% new French oak for a period of 17 months.

  • Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet (Grand Cru)

    100% Chardonnay. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, and then aged for 16 months in 30% new French oak. A powerful Grand Cru white Burgundy, suitable for extended cellaring.

  • Olivier Leflaive Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru (Red)

    100% Pinot Noir. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, after a pre-fermentation cold oak maceration of 18 days. The wine is then aged in 20% new French oak for a period of 16 months.

  • Olivier Leflaive Chassagne Montrachet Abbaye de Morgeot (Premier Cru)

    100% Chardonnay. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged in 30% new French oak for 17 months.

  • Olivier Leflaive Bienvenue Batard Montrachet (Grand Cru)

    100% Chardonnay. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged in 30% new French oak for 18 months. One of the most famous Grand Cru white Burgundy vineyards, Bienvenue Batard Montrachet will age for at least 15-20 years.

Winery details

Domaine Olivier Leflaive

10, Place du Monument
21190, Puligny Montrachet, Burgundy
France
Tel +(33) 0380 21 37 65
Fax +(33) 0380 20 86 16

Appellation
AOC Puligny Montrachet
Founded
1984
Area under vine
15 hectares
Age of vines
35 years+
Oak barrel origin
French
Winemaker
Franck Grux
Owner
Olivier Leflaive
Production
500,000/800,000 bottled per annum
Grape varietals
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

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