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History

Olivier Leflaive started his own négociant business in Puligny Montrachet in 1984, with the help of his brother Patrick and his uncle Vincent of Domaine Leflaive.

Olivier Leflaive

Since its beginnings in 1984, this discreet house has carved out an enviable reputation, garnering impressive critical acclaim and a loyal following all over the world. The signature style is inviting, geared for pleasure yet with the emphasis on freshness, structural clarity and the precise imprint of origin. This achievement is all the more remarkable for the kaleidoscopic range of wines produced every year, that spans so many of Burgundy’s sub-regions, villages and legendary lieux-dits.

Yet Olivier Leflaive remains a small house in ethos and scale, a family business in its values and approach, run by a close-knit team with a shared commitment to quality. This is underpinned by a redoubtable work ethic, enshrined in the practices of Olivier Leflaive’s long-standing technical team Franck Grux and Philippe Grillet, whose unrelenting attention to detail in the vineyard and the chai is renowned throughout the Côte. The business has thrived, and grown its offering further, since the arrival of Jean Soubeyrand as CEO in 2006.

Among many developments, it has invested heavily in red wine production, including the creation of a dedicated chai for red wines, and has even ventured into Champagne with a successful operation in the Côte des Blancs. The company has also focused on the hospitality sector, making significant investments to renovate and expand its award-winning hotel-restaurant in Puligny-Montrachet. Vineyard ownership remains the holy grail, and while Olivier Leflaive is fortunate to own over 20 hectares of extremely smart vineyards on the Côte, the business also buys fruit from long-term partners.

This year we welcome to the technical team one of Burgundy’s rising winemaking talents, Solène Panigai, chosen by Franck himself to be his successor. Solène has been working closely with Franck for over a year, and will take the reins in 2024.

The Vineyards

vineyards

Stretching across 26 hectares and subdivided into 82 climats, Maison Olivier Leflaive encompasses some of the best vineyard sites across Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet. These holdings boast some of the region’s most famous premiers crus and grands crus thanks to family inheritance and meticulous purchasing. 

The estate also has access to choice plots across the Côte de Beaune, which are invariably used for specific cuvées such as the Bourgogne labels. This enables Head Winemaker Solène Panigai to select a diverse range of terroirs for these wines, creating great depth and complexity whilst retaining the hallmark freshness and minerality. 

Now under the care of a new Technical Director, the vineyard holdings are set to see some small changes to allow the team to take a more hands-off approach. This will not only result in a more natural expression of the wines but also allow the vines to develop more organically and produce healthier grapes. 

The wines