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Olivier Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet 2011

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Chevalier-Montrachet is the highest of the Montrachet vineyards and is located above Montrachet proper. The only grape variety allowed in the AOC is Chardonnay. A small percentage of Pinot Blanc is permissible in other AOCs. The color of the wine is gold flecked with emerald, darkening towards yellow with age. The bouquet evokes butter and warm croissants, bracken, dried fruit, spices and honey. Body and bouquet are not separately distinguishable, so closely blended are structure and harmony into a single perfect whole. Unctuous and firm, dry and caressing, enveloped and profound, these wines combine every virtue in a firmly-established personality. - BIVB

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Olivier Leflaive:
The Leflaive family has always had a few hectares of vines in Burgundy, in addition to their farm. Just after the First World War, Olivier’s grandfather, Joseph Leflaive was faced with the failure of his steel factory in Saint-Etienne. His investments in Burgundy were all he had left and he decided to enlarge his wine estate. It became a family-run operation covering some 35 hectar... Read more
The Leflaive family has always had a few hectares of vines in Burgundy, in addition to their farm. Just after the First World War, Olivier’s grandfather, Joseph Leflaive was faced with the failure of his steel factory in Saint-Etienne. His investments in Burgundy were all he had left and he decided to enlarge his wine estate. It became a family-run operation covering some 35 hectares. His son, Joseph Régis, was in insurance and along with his brother Vincent, decided to take over the reins in 1953. The estate soon began producing top-flight wines, mainly due to the arrival of air conditioning in Puligny in the 1970s. This was a major step for winemakers in this village which sits two meters above the water table and as such, had no underground cellars. Read less

Chevalier-Montrachet is the highest of the Montrachet vineyards and is located above Montrachet proper. The only grape variety allowed in the AOC is Chardonnay. A small percentage of Pinot Blanc is permissible in other AOCs. The color of the wine is gold flecked with emerald, darkening towards yellow with age. The bouquet evokes butter and warm croissants, bracken, dried fruit, spices and honey. Body and bouquet are not separately distinguishable, so closely blended are structure and harmony into a single perfect whole. Unctuous and firm, dry and caressing, enveloped and profound, these wines combine every virtue in a firmly-established personality. - BIVB

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