A nicely crafted Meursault that walks the line of tradition and modernity. Apricot, lemon blossom and zesty acid with hints of oak, lees and a waft of hazelnut. The 2013 was a warmer year so this wine has extra richness and drink now appeal. Match with epoisse.
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.
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.
Traditionally the sturdy, rich, oaky, hazelnutty neighbour of Puligny and Chassagne. A lighter, modern style is evolving, both are equally delicious and charming.
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.