October 6, 2010

Domain Olivier Leflaive Tasting

I was fortunate to be invited by Frederick Wildman & Sons to participate in an online tasting with one of the top houses in Burgundy, Domaine Olivier Leflaive. Domaine Olivier Leflaive was founded by brothers Olivier and Patrick Leflaive in 1985, though the Leflaive family has made great white Burgundy wine in the Cotes de Beaune for over 80 years.
This tasting was made even more special by the fact that Patrick Leflaive joined the tasting via live video stream. The wines were all outstanding. They were young wines, and while tasty now, there are even better days ahead for these wines. My notes on the wines are below. You can also see some of the other comments from the tasters that night on the Tastelive Wildman Wines page.
  • 2008 Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers Clos Saint-Marc - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru (10/5/2010)Rich lemon and honey butter on a palate that is also all about the acid. For the acid heads. This one really pops in the mouth. Terrific length. Goes on and on. Needs a couple of years, but great material here. I likey.
  • 2008 Olivier Leflaive Meursault - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault (10/5/2010)
    Almond and buttered toast nose. It is supple and slightly buttery sweet now on the palate. Structured too, and some acidity peeking about. A good village, it's just a bit rich to me at this point.
  • 2008 Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet (10/4/2010)
    Somewhat linear, but rich, too. The richness of '08 shows. Still, the wine seemed not ready for action. Patrick said this one needs more years to unwind.
  • 2007 Olivier Leflaive Meursault 1er Cru Charmes - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru (10/4/2010) Really exquisite and elegant nose. Floral. Beautiful palate impression with white flowers, lemon peel, and buttery toast notes. Crisp acid that just dances along. Young and racy, but already giving. Quite long. Very nice with some upside for sure. 
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  1. really hate to have missed this Dude. Would be fun to do a white Burg tasting on our own some time!

  2. If I can get in on a Burg (particularly white) tasting with you and Jimmy someday, I'd love to glean some of your mad Coat Door skillz.

  3. Joe,
    Jimmy and I have been talking about our own little White Burg tasting. We need to do it.
    Will get you in, too.
    Thanks for visit.

  4. awesome. I don't have a stash, but I can scare up anything of interest!