2017 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc "Les Sétilles"

SKU #1419801 91 points James Suckling

 As always a fresh and clean white with sliced cooked apples, lemons, some mango and a hint of stone. Medium-bodied, clean and bright. Drink now.  (1/2019)

90 points Decanter

 No fewer than 65 parcels go into this commendably reliable cuvée, sourced from vineyards in Rully, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and the Hautes Côtes. It's lightly wooded, appealingly fresh and showing good citrus-like ping. Drinking Window 2019 - 2022. (TA)  (10/2017)


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By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
Is it possible to have an everyday Bourgogne? Why yes, it is. Lelaive's Bourgogne Blanc "Les Setilles" brings all the things I love in an old-school Bourgogne white. The nose is wonderfully typical of what the grape produces in this region. Flint, florality, and stone fruit pop from the glass. Great acidity matched only by the weight of the mid-palate. A dance of lemon and peach, weaving in vanilla and cream. With a dazzling finish, that is complex and long. This is a serious wine with the title of Bourgogne blanc!

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2019 | Send Email
The 2016 Setilles flew off our shelves thanks to a 91-point score and it happened to be one of the featured wines poured at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. However, I prefer the 2017. It is a bright, energetic white with zesty flavors and aromas of lemon, orchard fruits, and a touch of salinity. Perfectly balanced with just a hint of oak, this complex, everyday white should be snatched up by the case! Sourced 50/50 from Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault, this is a stunning white wine value and a worthy successor to the delicious 2016!
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2021

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2019 | Send Email
Olivier Leflaive seems to always bring some amazing wines to the table at all price points. His Bourgogne Blanc is lively and full of lemon meringue, crunchy green apple, and clean chalk minterality that leaves your mouth water. Infinitely drinkable and ever so food friendly this should be in everyone's cellar!

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2019 | Send Email
A tropical, bright white Burgundy that shows how good Bourgogne Blancs can be when approached the right way, this is a fun option with great meringue notes, kiwi and peach overlapping a trace of the white stone in the region. A phenomenal value, and a good candidate for a house burg if you like a zesty option.

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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.
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.
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.