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Olivier Leflaive Frères
In 1984 Olivier Leflaive, who had been working at Domaine Leflaive, with his uncle, Vincent, decided to start his own domaine. With his uncle Vincent and brother Patrick's help, he quickly built up his own distinct reputation. When Vincent died, Olivier was left part of Domaine Leflaive, but left to fully concentrate on his own négociant business.In 1988 Franck Grux became the winemaker and with his help, over the years, wines of increasing quality emerge from this small négociant. Olivier Leflaive has established some other high quality vineyard holdings, in all about 12ha, in several Bourgogne villages to complement his négoce bottlings.
Puligny Montrachet is known as the most delicate of the white wine appellations south of Beaune.Its wines tend to be linear and mineral offering delicate floral and orchard fruit aromatics. Its village and premier cru vineyard area total slightly over 200 hectares but almost half of them are premier cru making them one of the highest proportions of quality vineyards in the Côte de Beaune. Several grand cru vineyards are present, the most notable being Le Montrachet and Bâtard Montrachetwhich it shares with neighbouring Chassagne, but it does have the extraordinary Chevalier Montrachet and the tiny Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet all to itself. There are a handful of red wines grown, but they tend to be quite light and need to be drunk in their youth.