The Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Les Sétilles was the drink of choice at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding reception. We are delighted to have this classy Chardonnay from one of Burgundy’s leading…

The Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Les Sétilles was the drink of choice at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding reception. We are delighted to have this classy Chardonnay from one of Burgundy’s leading producers, Olivier Leflaive, on offer today. Les Sétilles is produced from young Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet vines, declassified to Bourgogne level, and it oozes sophistication and flavour. Notes of citrus, white peach and jasmine contrast a hint of fine oak and just a whisper of struck match. This is top-notch value from the world’s most sought-after wine region.

Olivier was the co-manager of Domaine Leflaive from 1982 to 1994 but he parted ways to build his own négociant business. Today, he owns 15ha and manages the business like a top-flight domaine. He keeps his wines in bottle for an extra year before delivery and these sunny 2015s are extremely good. Seeking elegance and finesse over power and richness, Olivier’s are some of the most tightly-wound 2015s we have tasted.

En Remilly is arguably the top cru in Saint-Aubin and could compete with Burgundy at any level. It is mineral and structured and, again, over-delivers on price. The village Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet are benchmark examples of fine Burgundy while the Enseignères parcel lies against the famous Grand Crus of Puligny-Montrachet. Finally, the 2014 Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet which Tim Aktin MW describes as ‘one of the best whites of the vintage’ makes this a line-up for every pocket.

Tasting notes:

Olivier Leflaive, Bourgogne Les Sétilles 2015 – R 345 
Peach, melon and apple flavors mark this fruity white. Vibrant and moderately long on the finish. Drink now. – Wine Spectator, 88/100

Olivier Leflaive, Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2015 – R 735 
A vineyard that is always picked early at Olivier Leflaive, this is close to Puligny-Montrachet in more ways than one. Stony, chalky and elegant, it’s oral, very mineral and long, with smoky, struck match undertones, scented oak and a long, refreshing finish. – Tim Atkin MW, 94/100

Olivier Leflaive, Meursault 2015 – R 995 
Vibrant and toasty, with smoke, vanilla and clove notes augmented by peach, apple and lemon flavors, backed by a lively structure that leaves a clean, tangy aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2028. – Wine Spectator, 92/100

Olivier Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet 2015 – R 1,050 
Comes on softly, with butterscotch, vanilla, pastry, floral and white peach aromas and flavors. Remains open and turns tense and fresh on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2024. – Wine Spectator, 91/100

Olivier Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Enseignères 2015 – R 1,195 
This sleek white combines lemon and apple flavors with a bracing structure. Leans toward the tart side in the balance, yet builds nicely and finds equilibrium in the end. Best from 2018 through 2025. – Wine Spectator, 90/100

Olivier Leflaive, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet 2014 – R 6,250 
The négociant wines at Olivier Leflaive can be every bit as good as the domaine bottling, such is his skill at sourcing excellent grapes. This Bienvenues is a case in point: fresh, focused and effortlessly complex with subtle cinnamon oak and tangy lemon, lime and grapefruit freshness. One of the best whites of the vintage. – Tim Atkin MW, 95/100

 

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