- Country: France
- Region: Burgundy
- Olivier Leflaive
The Leflaive family has been rooted in Puligny Montrachet since 1717. In the 20th century Joseph Leflaive (1870-1953), a descendant of the founder, Claude Leflaive, steadily acquired parcels of prime premier and grand cru vineyards, beginning in Puligny and later across Côte de Beaune and beyond. His sons, Vincent and Jo, took over in 1953.
In 1984 Olivier Leflaive, Jo’s son, established with brother, Patrick, Olivier Leflaive Frères, which was set up to act as the négociant (a wine buyer and seller) of Domaine Leflaive, and subsequently rented back selected parcels owned by the brothers to their cousin Anne-Claude Leflaive, Vincent’s daughter, who took on increasing responsibilities at the Domaine. However, by 2012, the brothers’ rented parcels to the Domaine came back to Olivier Leflaive Frères, including: Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru; Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru; Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles; Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières; and Meursault 1er Cru Blagny Sous le Dos d’Âne. So, over time, the brothers’ firm became a grower and a négociant.
The Cote de Beaune
Along the Cote de Beaune -only 16 miles in length- Chardonnay achieves greatness equal to Pinot Noir grown just to the north. To name some of the vineyards in which Chardonnay achieves the unimaginable is to confirm the reality: Montrachet, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, and Corton Charlemagne.
Leflaive's holdings are centered around the villages of Puligny, Chassagne and Meursault with additional holdings throughout the Cote d'Or.
As a négociant that focuses on forging durable relationships with some of the best winegrowers on the Côte de Beaune, Olivier Leflaive Frères bottles exemplary AC regional, village, Premiers Crus and Grands Crus, such as wines from Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Les Chaumées, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Les Vergers, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Abbaye de Morgeot and Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St Marc, and Rully Raclot.
Patrick and Olivier Leflaive discuss the history of their company prior to the 2014 harvest.