2014 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc "Oncle Vincent"

SKU #1259348 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a beautifully aromatic wine with toast and yellow fruits mingling easily together. It is ripe while also light to taste, a crisp burst of acidity giving the wine a fine lift. Yellow fruits, citrus and toast play together in this attractive wine that is ready to drink.  (12/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A creamy style, with smoky matchstick aromas and flavors offsetting lemon and apple fruit. Turns leaner on the chalky finish. Fine balance. Drink now through 2019  (12/2015)

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. 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."

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By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2017 | Send Email
Drinking a bottle of the 2014 Olivier Leflaive "Oncle Vincent" Bourgogne Blanc allows you to drink as if you're having a Puligny-Montrachet while paying Bourgogne Blanc pricing. I was stunned the minute I smelled this beautiful wine from the glass: aromas of flint, Asian pear and hazelnut deftly mingled with a palate full of racy minerality, pear and apple notes and a touch of oak. Richly textured with impeccable balance, this punches way above its meager price!!
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2022

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2017 | Send Email
This is the great twenty dollar bottle of white Burgundy. It's everything I love about the region's Chardonnay wines all wrapped up into one easy, well-priced bottle. I could probably drink this every single day and never get tired of it. The acidity is like a laser beam of citrus with subtle notes of stonefruit for just enough weight. The influence of the oak is minor, but it's there and it holds the wine together beautifully. It's clean, racy, and mouthwatering. This is your workhorse French Chardonnay. It's the bottle you go to night in and night out. Dependable, delicious, and always satisfying.

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2017 | Send Email
If you are fan of rich and creamy wines, but can't afford the price tag that usually comes along with the more prestigious premier cru wines, this is a great wine to check out! At $20 a bottle, Oncle Vincent just flat out over delivers. Exhibiting zippy streaks of acidity combined with the warming toasty influences of oak, this is a quality go-to chardonnay for American and French drinkers alike.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/17/2016 | Send Email
Puligny lovers will be thrilled with the outstanding quality of this new vintage of Leflaive's "Oncle Vincent." This elegant little wine expresses quite surprising depth and all the characteristic Puligny traits such as flint, gun smoke, and elegant minerality. Light and poised, this wine could age beautifully, but is also fairly accessible and open right now. Another fantastic vintage of the Oncle Vincent!

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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.