Olivier Leflaive Frères
2016 White Burgundy En Primeur
An Uplifting Vintage of Great Purity & Freshness
2016 is a beautiful white burgundy vintage at Olivier Leflaive Frères. The wines are characterised by their clarity, purity of fruit and freshness. These are pretty, aromatically complex, uplifting wines with silky textures. They will give enormous pleasure in the not-too-distant future, with those at the top end being sure to reward cellaring. For lovers of great white burgundy, we recommend them wholeheartedly.
Olivier Leflaive Frères produce some of the most dependable and brilliant value white burgundies available – this is the 31st consecutive vintage that we have offered their wines en primeur. By securing and paying for these wines at this early stage, while still lying in barrel, we gain significant savings. In turn, we offer you the chance to purchase them now and take advantage of these low prices. The team at Olivier Leflaive excels in making top class, terroir-driven white burgundy – these wines will never be more affordable than they are in this early release offer, and can be bought in the knowledge that they will be utterly delicious when opened.
Once bottled, we anticipate that the first five wines listed will be shipped this autumn, the remainder arriving in early 2018.
Prices in this offer are quoted per case of bottles (12x75cl) or magnums(6x150cl) in bond UK.
2016 is a vintage of low yields across Burgundy and in the Côte de Beaune in particular. The year started mild and wet, with winter and early spring being uneventful, if very damp, with no morning frosts or snow. The first buds started to emerge on 10th April, but things were about to get more complicated as, from 26th-28th April, evening temperatures suddenly dipped, plunging to -3/-4°C at midnight. Against a backdrop of wet conditions and waterlogged soils, black spring frost devastated vineyards on flat ground or at the foot of slopes, with the villages of Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, Pommard and Beaune being most badly affected. In the frost zone, potential losses were calculated at 80-90%. Only on the slopes (where the Premier and Grand Cru vineyards are located) did vines fare better, but this was not the case in some less fortunate areas. May continued to be mild and rainy, with growers having to work hard to battle disease pressure. Finally, and fortuitously, on 10th June, the weather took a turn for the better, becoming warm and dry, kickstarting photosynthesis and vine growth. 22nd June marked the onset of flowering, followed by two weeks of favourable weather. July and August were very hot and dry, speeding up vegetative development, and allowing good health and even ripening in the vineyards. Early September rain helped to mitigate water stress, with harvest starting under blue skies on 20th September, the last vineyard being picked on 8th October. As ever, when selecting harvest dates, winemaker Franck Grux sought a perfect balance between ripeness and bright acidities in the grapes.