WINE OF THE MONTH
2018 Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru ‘Abbaye de Morgeot Recolte’
Domaine Olivier Leflaive
With a drive in delivering elegant wines of pure finesse, Domaine Olivier Leflaive alongside winemaker Franck Grux produce a stunning and expressive Chassagne-Montrachet that is at the peak of what one would class exemplary.
Their 1er cru ‘Abbaye de Morgeot Recolte’ cuvée is released anywhere between 1-2 years after fellow Burgundian producers and the usual January En-Primeur campaign, and named after the hamlet of Chassagne-Montrachet which the vines surround.
Amicably parting ways in 1984 with the family business Domaine Leflaive, Olivier and Patrick Leflaive have been establishing the négociant house that bears the region’s most well-known name. From the outset, the duo has set extremely high standards and display great respect to the methods used both in the vineyards and the wineries; ensuring only biodynamic farming measures are used, 100% hand harvesting and whole berry pressing.
With clay-limestone soils, some of the most suitable for Chardonnay to flourish, this delicious 100% varietal is perfectly located resulting in a classic white Burgundy, lending way to an “attractively textured and vibrant finale” (AM) in the 2018s. Effortlessly one of the leading white wine producers of the region, paired with low availability on the market across all vintages, this is a wine that once safely tucked away in cellars of savvy collectors, rarely resurfaces as they revel in its delights.
“Clear bright lemon. Biscuity toast on the nose, perhaps the oak speaking. There is substantial muscle to this, all in white fruit, some clay soil flesh, a little lemony note behind. Just ripe enough.” – Jasper Morris, 90-93/100 Points
“Moderate reduction once again suppresses the underlying fruit though it does seem ripe. More interesting are the slightly bigger and richer flavors that manage to retain pretty good delineation on the attractively textured and vibrant finale where the only reproach is a hint of warmth.” – Allen Meadows, 90-92/100 Points
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