The 2016 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Les Setilles drinks like a hypothetical cross of Meursault and Puligny Montrachet, but it comes to you at a fraction of the price. Sound like I’m exaggerating on this one? I promise you I’m not! There’s a reason it drinks like a wine from those esteemed villages — BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE THE GRAPES FROM! And due to this unique blending of villages, it can only carry the broader Bourgogne designation. Whatever the case, this is rocking good White Burgundy from one of the master negociants of the region. I picked up the last 13 cases from my distributor, and that’s it for the vintage.
2016 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc “Les Setilles” – SOLD OUT!
91 points James Suckling — For once, he’s actually low on this one. I rate this one at 93+ points.
This wine takes me back to when I first moved to Asheville in 2003. I was working at wine store downtown, and this wine was my introduction to high-class White Burgundy. It’s just as good now as it was back then! And if you don’t believe me about the Meursault/Puligny connection click here to check out the tech notes from the importer’s website. A 50/50 blend of grapes from those two famed White Burgundy villages, the wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged in a combination of Allier oak barrels (60%) and stainless steel (40%) before bottling.
The resulting wine is absolutely stunning. Like all great White Burgundy, there’s certainly richness here, but there’s laser-focused acidity providing lift and freshness. Aromas of hazelnut, white flowers, spiced apple, and citrus oils lead into a rich and round palate of pear, lemon, baking spice, roasted nut, and mineral. Close your eyes, smell it, and taste it, and you’ll swear you’re drinking Meursault or Puligny. And with Christmas coming up, this would be stunning with poultry, pork roast, or lavish seafood preparations.
I said it once and I’ll say it again, I bought my distributor out of this one. And I can’t get any more this year. If you love elegant and complex Chardonnay, go ahead and get a 6-pack. You’ll thank me. Stop by the store and pick some up before it’s gone or before the sale ends on December 15th. Can’t make it by? Call us at 828.505.8588, and we can run your card over the phone. Until we meet again, Happy Holidays and cheers to happy drinking and eating in Asheville!
Owner/Operator at Table Wine