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History

Olivier Leflaive is one of French Burgundy’s most respected wine producers, offering wines of exceptional quality, consistency and style from village appellations and cru vineyards across the legendary Côte d’Or. While Olivier Leflaive is technically a négociant house, its approach sets it apart from the majority, in that all wines are made from scratch at Olivier Leflaive’s winery in Puligny-Montrachet, rather than bought in as must or pre-made wines like many of its competitors, which allows control over all aspects of the winemaking process.

Olivier Leflaive’s lynchpin Franck Grux not only manages relationships with the numerous small grape-growers but makes the wines too. Pure and limpid, Olivier Leflaive’s wines remain true to their origins, yet exhibit something of Franck Grux’s personal style – at once restrained and flamboyant – that is appreciated the world over.

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Winemaking

We vinify and age the equivalent of 120 hectares of vines (including 17 of our own), the majority of which are white wines from the three prestigious Côte de Beaune villages of Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault, as well as from Chablis and the Côte Chalonnaise.

Our daily mission is to produce top quality grapes. This involves a sustainable approach to working the vines, and also supporting our partner winegrowers in cultivating their plots using an organic or biodynamic approach. We have not any organic certification as we don’t hesitate to use chemical treatment if it’s really necessary.

  • Moving towards buying 100% grapes & must
    When Olivier began, a large part of his purchases were of wine because he didn’t have the necessary equipment to buy in grapes or must (non-fermented grape juice). Gradually, this proportion decreased and today, some 95% of purchases are of grapes and must, signifying better control over the process. The aim is to continually improve the quality through prudent investment in the production apparatus.
  • Regular monitoring of the vines
    Franck, Bertrand and the other members of the technical team carry out regular visits to the vines under contract throughout the year, accompanied by underwriters and winemakers. These occasions offer the perfect opportunity for discussion.
  • Manual harvests for our suppliers
    Our own teams of pickers manually harvest a large part of our partners’ vines (40 hectares). Grapes from a further 20 hectares are delivered to us and the remainder comes as must direct from the press.
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 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  3 wines  from  Olivier Leflaive . In a tasting of  31 wines 

In Burgundy, 2010 prices rose, but not by much. Growers were already aware of the deficit in quantity when they announced their 2009 prices, so a gentle shading upwards (I speak in Euros), was the order of the day, except that the elastic between the village wines and the less fashionable premiers crus on the one hand, and the grands crus and top village premiers crus on the other, continues to widen. You will pay increasingly higher prices for Richebourg, Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatières and Vosne-Romanée, Les Beaumonts, while Savigny-Lès-Beaune, premier cru and Paul Jacqueson's Rully, La Pucelles remain a bargain.

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 Andrew Graham, Wine Blogger (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Olivier Leflaive . In a tasting of  17 wines 

Faiveley Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Beze 2007 /’07 was one of the warmest we’ve had. Very early picking’
Animale. Meaty and quite forward with a roasted meat flavour. Clearly high quality vineyard and quite silky. Is the animale ugly though? Just a little gluey. Delicious meaty flavours. So long! Beautiful silky palate. If only the earth was a little less pronounced and this would be a heartstopper. Still grand. 18.5/20, 94/100

4m 19d ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Olivier Leflaive . In a tasting of  26 wines 

For 2010 Burgundy vintage prices rose, but not by much. Growers were already aware of the deficit in quantity when they announced their 2009 prices, so a gentle shading upwards (I speak in Euros), was the order of the day, except that the elastic between the village wines and the less fashionable premiers crus on the one hand, and the grands crus and top village premiers crus on the other, continues to widen. You will pay increasingly higher prices for Richebourg, Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatières and Vosne-Romanée, Les Beaumonts, while Savigny-Lès-Beaune, premier cru and Paul Jacqueson's Rully, La Pucelles remain a bargain.

5m 4d ago

 Michael Chan, Wine Blogger (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Olivier Leflaive . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Krug Clos du Mesnil 2003 / Purchased by Krug over the phone in 1971, the Clos du Mesnil is a 4.5 acre walled plot planted only with Chardonnay grapes. This vintage is marked by extreme hot weathers which made different plots of land yield different maturation levels. As a result, the berry picking span over 2 months than the customary 2 weeks. Aged for 9 years before release, this champagne pours a light straw color, almost like that of a Sauvignon Blanc, with thick legs and very fine beads. A somewhat austere wine, this Blanc de Blanc yields notes of toast, white peaches, citrus oils, Comté, mint, chalk, tobacco smoke, slate and cream desserts on the nose. On the palate, the wine first caresses the tongue with robust masculinity, followed by a string of very fine bubbles and a mineral-forward backbone. Surprisingly for a vintage with very ripe berries, the champagne has vibrant acidity while maintaining an unctuous structure. On the palate, the champagne is dominated by notes of chalk, honeysuckle, leather, smoke, charred oak, brioche and smoked fish. With time, there are even notes of citrus oils. The finish is very long and spins with more smokiness. Although the wine is very young, as shown through the astringency towards the end, it surely shows the promise in years to come. 95p

5m 15d ago

 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Olivier Leflaive . In a tasting of  13 wines 

“Alkon maaliskuun uutuudet eivät tuottaneet taaskaan suuria hurraahuutoja, onneksi mukana oli jokunen ihan kelpoviinikin ja joukko hyviä perusviinejä.”

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