A negociant business started by Olivier Leflaive to fill a need that his family estate, Domaine Leflaive, could not fill. The business has since grown amazingly and incorporates some of his own vineyards into the large production of bought in grapes and must. The quality here is outstanding and the wines are made with an eye to aging.
Tight, zesty, white flowers, mineral, clean and fresh. This is classic white Burgundy with all the flavours. Drink now to 2019. Pair it with smoked salmon omelette.
The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
The entry level to Burgundy. The wines can be from vineyards outside of the better appellations or declassified from high ranks. That means you may be drinking a Grand Cru vineyard at Bourgogne pricing! Quality is variable but the great producers put as much care into their entry level as they do their great wines.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.