Saint Romain ‘Sous le Chateau’, Olivier Leflaive 2020, Burgundy, France

£32.50

Saint Romain ‘Sous le Chateau’, Olivier Leflaive 2020

Olivier Leflaive needs little introduction for those who have followed Burgundy for some time. Olivier comanaged Domaine Leflaive with his uncle Vincent through the 1980s and then with his cousin Anne-Claude in the early 1990s.

From three parcels in one of Saint Romain’s finest terroirs, this 100% barrel-fermented wine has a floral bouquet of honeysuckle and white stone fruits with a smoky flinty note. On the palate, attractive citrus fruit is balanced by zingy minerality leading to a long finish. Drink from 2023.

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Saint Romain ‘Sous le Chateau’, Olivier Leflaive 2020

From three parcels in one of Saint Romain’s finest terroirs, this 100% barrel-fermented wine has a floral bouquet of honeysuckle and white stone fruits with a smoky flinty note. On the palate, attractive citrus fruit is balanced by zingy minerality leading to a long finish. Drink from 2023.

Olivier Leflaive needs little introduction for those who have followed Burgundy for some time. Olivier comanaged Domaine Leflaive with his uncle Vincent through the 1980s and then with his cousin Anne-Claude in the early 1990s. It was at this time that he established Olivier Leflaive Frères. At the start he owned no vineyards, instead purchasing grapes from selected growers whilst vinifying, maturing and bottling on site.

Quality was paramount. Olivier Leflaive has since acquired an enviable 15 hectares of vines across Puligny, Chassagne and Meursault. While the Grand Cru wines of Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet are extremely rare, the village and Premier Crus from Saint Aubin, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet are wonderful. The 2020 vintage is clearly a brilliant vintage for Olivier Leflaive with winemaker Franck Grux emphasising the freshness, energy and intensity of the wines.

Regarded as the most accomplished terroir of the A.O.C. Saint Romain, with its exposure towards South-East and its limestone stony soil give a wine of personality mixing rich but subtle aromas.

This cuvée is vinified from three distinct plots, with an average vine age of 46 years.

It is aged for 12 months, with 4 months being in stainless steel tank and 8 months in oak barrels (20% in new oak).

Country: France

Region: Burgundy

Grape: Chardonnay

Volume: 75cl

ABV: 13%

Vintage: 2020

Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes

Food pairing: As with all rich Chardonnays, roasted poultry is always a lovely match but the acidity of this wine would lend itself well to honey roast ham, ripe and creamy cheeses with gently spiced chutneys.

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