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Olivier Leflaive Meursault Premier Cru Charmes 2015

Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
  • WS94
  • BH91
13.5% ABV
  • WE93
  • WS94
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Winemaker Notes

A powerful wine, nose of grilled hazelnut, fresh butter, a rich and intense palate.

Ideal with scallops, pike, and cheese, not too strong.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 94
Wine Spectator
Ripe peach, apple and toasted spice aromas draw you in. Harmonious, with butterscotch and peach flavors swirling through the creamy texture. Excellent length on the finish. Still needs to resolve some oak, yet this shows fine potential. Best from 2018 through 2028.
BH 91
Burghound.com
An attractively fresh and bright nose reflects notes of various white orchard fruit, petrol, citrus peel and a whiff of oak. There is a more refined mouth feel to the round, forward and beguilingly delicious medium weight flavors that culminate in a citrusy, dry and well-balanced finale. This well-made effort should drink well both young and with 5 to 8 or so years of bottle age. 91/2022+
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Olivier Leflaive

Oliver Leflaive

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Oliver Leflaive, Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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Olivier Leflaive was formed in 1984 by Olivier and his brother Patrick. Unlike a conventional negociant who buys finished wines, the firm actually vinifies a wide range of Burgundian appellations from grapes and must (or juice) and now owns 25 acres. Under the supervision of winemaker Franck Grux, the wines are vinified, blended, and aged exactly as they would be at a top-rank domaine.

Meursault

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Known to offer a magical balance of smoothness and freshness, Meursault's quality is hard to rival. The village lies in the middle of Côte de Beaune, just south of Volnay. Meursault is said to mean “mouse’s jump” because in the past the plots producing Pinot noir and those producing Chardonnay were no more than a mouse’s jump from one another. Today the village is almost exclusively Chardonnay. A tiny bit of Pinot noir is produced here with the best coming from Les Santenots on its northern side near Volnay.

While there are no Grands Crus, Meursault’s numerous acclaimed Premiers Crus can compete with any other top-notch white Burgundy. Some to know are Les Perrières, Les Genevrières, Les Charmes, Le Poruzot, Les Bouchères and Les Gouttes d’Or.

Meursault produces outstanding village level wines as well. In general great Premiers Crus and even village level Meursault (Chardonnay) have enticing aromas of lime peel, tropical fruit, crushed rocks, spice and hazelnut. On the palate there is a wonderful balance of brightness and a seductive length with flavors of white peach, pineapple and citrus.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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