Olivier Leflaive’s life is very unusual, he is the nephew of Joseph, an entrepreneur who, after the failure of his steel businesses at the end of the First World War, decides to concentrate on the family estate in Burgundy. Despite having studied economics, Olivier decides to follow his passion for music, first becoming an artist and then a manager of various folk groups. In 1981, at the age of thirty-six, he decided to return to Burgundy to take care of the family business, Domaine Leflaive.
After only a few years, his curious spirit pushes him to create something new. In 1985, realizing that he did not own vineyards in the AOC required by an important distributor, Olivier and his brothers Patrick and Vincent decided to found Olivier Leflaive Frères. Their intention was to buy grapes and must, vinify them following the tradition of their family estate and then sell them directly. Today, Olivier vinifies grapes from more than 120 hectares located in three of the most famous AOCs of the Côte de Beaune: Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault, as well as Chablis and the Côte Chalonnaise. He also owns 17 hectares of vineyards following the division of Domaine Leflaive in 2010.
Not satisfied, Olivier also begins to produce champagne in collaboration with Erick de Sousa, although the products are marketed under the name of Olivier Leflaive.
The grapes, harvested manually, are transported to the cellar and pressed using a pneumatic press. Subsequently, the wine ages for a period of 15 months, in which it is placed in oak barrels and steel containers, after alcoholic fermentation.
In the glass, the wine is bright, with nuances that turn towards gold. The bouquet of the wine faithfully reflects the territory of origin, with predominant notes of clarified butter, hawthorn, toasted almonds and intense minerals. On the palate, there are no doubts about the quality of the wine, as it is full and creamy to the touch, leaving an intriguing hint of salinity lingering on the finish.
Bourgogne Blanc Les Sétilles 2019 by Olivier Leflaive is an elegant and complex white wine, perfect for accompanying fish, seafood and shellfish dishes. The ideal combination is with a risotto with seafood or a fish soup, but also with dishes based on aged cheeses. A refined choice for special occasions or for a moment of relaxation at the table.