The village of Meursault is an important appellation for Maison Olivier Leflaive as it is the home of chief winemaker Franck Grux. The Maison typically produces up to 10 cuvées including Premiere Crus; Perrières, Charmes, Genevrières, Poruzots and Narvaux.
Terroir: The Charmes (Charming) vineyard is the largest and most famous of the Meursault Premiere Crus with over 76 acres under vine. It sits south of the village and directly abuts Puligny Montrachet. While there are many terroirs throughout the vineyard, soil composition is primarily clay combined with limestone on the upper slopes. Leflaive's grapes are sourced from various parcels within the vineyard.
Vinification The parcels are hand harvested and undergo alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel. The Maison restricts the use of new oak to just 20% to retain vineyard character. The wines see on average 12-15 months in barrel before a gentle fining, blending and finally bottling. The wine will rest in bottle for 15-18 months prior to release.
Score: 93 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
Who can resist a wine called Charming? This wine, in this ripe vintage, lives up to the name with its open, ripe yellow and white fruit, crisp touch of citrus and creamy wood-aging flavors. The wine shows a generous texture along with the youthful fruit.
Score: 94 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
Ripe peach, apple and toasted spice aromas draw you in. Harmonious, with butterscotch and peach flavors swirling through the creamy texture. Excellent length on the finish. Still needs to resolve some oak, yet this shows fine potential. Best from 2018 through 2028.
Score: 91 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
An attractively fresh and bright nose reflects notes of various white orchard fruit, petrol, citrus peel and a whiff of oak. There is a more refined mouth feel to the round, forward and beguilingly delicious medium weight flavors that culminate in a citrusy, dry and well-balanced finale. This well-made effort should drink well both young and with 5 to 8 or so years of bottle age.
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