2012 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc "Oncle Vincent"
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)
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.