2012 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc "Oncle Vincent"

SKU #1145750 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The debut 2012 Bourgogne Oncle Vincent is a homage to Vincent Leflaive, who was essentially a second father to Olivier. It is sourced only from old vines in excess of 25 years within the Puligny district and is limited to 1,500 cases. The nose has a little more presence and complexity than the Les Setilles with light chalky scents emerging with aeration. The palate is nicely balanced and fresh on the entry. It is not a complex wine, but it is clean and fresh. It displays satisfactory Puligny character on the finish, even if it cuts away too quickly. Drink now-2018. (NM)  (12/ 2013)

K&L Notes

This delightfully rich white Burgundy is made as an homage to Olivier Leflaive's Uncle Vincent Leflaive, the founder of the famous Domaine Leflaive. It comes entirely from vineyards in the communes of Puligny-Montrachet and is fermented in small French oak barrels. It is satisfying and mineral-driven, as well as rich and buttery. And it is a K&L West Coast exclusive. What's not to like? (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer) From Olivier Leflaive: "Only grapes from the territory of Puligny-Montrachet, a village he loved so much, could pay tribute to my uncle Vincent. He has been a model for me and a valuable support during the creation of Maison Olivier Leflaive. When we talked about this project to our importers, they immediately expressed an amazing enthusiasm. This project is now concert and 'Oncle Vincent' will be available in different parts of the world, like all of our wines." This new Grand Burgundy white was born in the 2012 vintage. Its aromas express white fruits (pear, peach), with buttery notes. A lovely freshness on the palate, a creamy texture, well-structured and with a tension that makes it remarkable. The selection of the vines gives a more aristocratic touch to this white Burgundy wine, with minerality and great intensity. So Puligny, in fact! We will have it again in mid-October 2014.

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By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/26/2014  | Send Email
This is not a simple Bourgogne Blanc, but then look at who makes this wine. This wine has more richness, more creaminess and just the right touch of oak that belies its modest price point. All of that supports its lovely stone fruit and mineral flavors.

By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/24/2014  | Send Email
A wonderful wine from a great producer. Stone fruit aromas, a creamy texture and great acidity. Well balanced and perfect for the summer fun you're about to have!

By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/20/2014  | Send Email
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I tasted this from barrel and was impressed. I tasted it from bottle, months ago, and bought all that was coming to retail on the West Coast. Today it arrived, and I opened a bottle. I was astounded. This is rich, concentrated and delicious Puligny Montrachet, for less than $20. OK, it says Bourgogne Blanc, but there is no doubt where it hails from. WOO-HOO. It's coming home with me, for certain. The Oncle Vincent has a rich enough mid-palate to satisfy California Chardonnay drinkers, and that combination of minerality, drive and focus that says PULIGNY very loudly. I have a feeling we may not have this wine in stock for long, once folks taste it!

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/20/2014  | Send Email
Thanks to Burgundy buyer Keith for getting hold of some of this rare bottling. A rich and toasty wine with nice oak integration and ample weight on the palate. There is enough elegance and detail to pin this wine to its Puligny origins, however it has been "amped up" a touch to appeal to a broader range of Chardonnay drinkers. I think there is a lot to like in this wine and it offers plenty of layers for its very modest price point.
Top Value!

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/20/2014  | Send Email
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Absolutely delicious!!!!
Drink from 2014 to 2020

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.