Olivier Leflaive 2018 En Primeur
A sunny, generous Burgundy vintage
The Style of the 2018 Wines
2018 is a thrilling success for the Olivier Leflaive Burgundies. First reports of the vintage were that the reds were the exceptional ones this year, but our tastings have revealed great successes across both colours. The whites have striking richness, with fruit purity and conspicuous length. Acidity levels are often gentle, so some wines (for instance Bourgogne Aligoté and Montagny Les Perrières) may be enjoyed youthful, while others will undoubtedly benefit from a year or more’s bottle age (for instance Beaune blanc, St. Aubin and Meursault Les Clous). All these whites have concentration, energy, balance and length. We were so taken with the beauty and brilliance of the reds, we have exceptionally selected four wines to offer alongside the whites this vintage.
Winemaking at Olivier Leflaive
We are fortunate to have been a client uninterruptedly for Olivier Leflaive’s outstanding wines since he started the business, with his brother Patrick, in 1984. Its strengths lie in the attention to tiny details in vineyard and winery. Many wines come from their own domaine, and an increasing number from vineyards which they manage throughout the year, including the picking. Winemaker Franck Grux, with his right-hand man Philippe Grillet and their teams, are tightly focussed on the identities of each village, and plot. They are severe in side-lining not only less-than-perfect grapes on the sorting tables, but also any barrels which do not merit inclusion in their finest selections. Thanks to our long-term links with this family business we have access to many its rarest, best-value and finest wines – several being exclusively reserved for HH&C.