Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Les Setilles (family garden) has become one of the most popular items in the entire Frederick Wildman portfolio. Year in/ year out this wine represents impeccable quality and unsurpassed value in the French wine category. This wine exceeds expectations of even the most discriminating of palates.
Terroir: Les Setilles is sourced from vineyards within the communes of Puligny Montrachet and Meursault, with each village representing roughly half of the final blend. Grapes are sourced from multiple plots within each village in an effort to maximize complexity of the final wine.
Vinification: Vintage consistency is the goal with this wine so the blending of lots and aging technique will vary according. Roughly 60% of the wine is aged in Allier oak, only 10% of which is new. The remaining 40% of the wine is aged in stainless steel to preserve clean varietal character.
"2015 was a year when anything was possible. One could choose to harvest with a little more acidity, before further evaporation of juice and concentration of sugars, or indeed go for the opposite, riper style, richer in alcohol and polyphenols. Once again, our choice was to start harvesting relatively early in the finest vineyards. Yields were just about normal this year in most places, Chardonnay not being a particular fan of great heat. Exceptionally healthy grapes gave rise to perfect juices, rich in aroma. Yeasts consumed the grape sugars slowly, creating perfect conditions for lactic bacteria to carry out their malolactic ferments.
All fermentations were completed by the end of February 2016. For us, this vintage has nothing in common with 2003; that much is clear. It has more power than 2007 and 2011, less acidity than 2010, but the same aromatic intensity and a comparable sense of volume in the mouth. If the majority of the wines are playing hide and seek now with the taster, the coming weeks are promising for the future balance of the wines." -Olivier Leflaive
Score: 88 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
Peach, melon and apple flavors mark this fruity white. Vibrant and moderately long on the finish. Drink now.
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