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Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Referts, Olivier Leflaive 2015

£87.50 GBP

The name Leflaive carries an expectation with it to produce the best wines possible and cousin of the famed Anne-Claude in which Olivier co-owned Domaine Leflaive with does not disappoint on his own range of wines.

His winery has 15 hectares of his own vines in the Puligny area of Burgundy with the rest of his wines are fruit from other growers.

Compared to Domaine Leflaive there are more focussed on elegance and purity, they are top wines influenced by one of the greats in Burgundy.

These 46 year old vines sit on a site once described as a “bristling field of brush and rocks”. The soil is marly at the top and and more ferruginous at the bottom, producing a more unctuous style of wine, which can be sensitive to over-ripeness. This was, however, an exceptional year and the estate’s vintage report states that the health and condition of the grapes from 2015, makes the vintage one of the finest in grape quality since Olivier Leflaive was founded in 1984 - the sorters barely had to sort the fruit! 

100% Chardonnay. Aged for 17 months. 5 months in a stainless steel tank and then in 100% oak barrels (25% of new oak).

This is a sophisticated yet concentrated wine with citrus and apricot, then notes of honey and butter with age. Finesse of Puligny-Montrachet appellation combined with a dense and fleshy texture.

Ideal with seafood, poached fish or cooked with cream and cheese such as Epoisses.

 


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