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 Freres. It is a spectacular holding including parcels of Batard 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 Freres 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 Batard 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.
Score: 94 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
Intense toast, spice, nut oil and citronella flavors are displayed on a concentrated frame. The vibrant structure provides focus and drive as this unwinds on the long, spice- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2026.
(entirely from the Puligny side). Here the nose is quite firmly reduced and about all that can be said is that it appears to be quite ripe. There is a bit more size, weight and volume to the big-bodied flavors compared to those of the Bienvenues-Btard-Montrachet that display fine power and drive on the sappy, hugely long and solidly dry finish. This is really quite impressive though note well that its clearly built-to-age and will certainly need at least several years of cellaring first.
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