2010 Domaine Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Les Setilles

Year: 2010
Appellation: Burgundy
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 86
Burghound: 86
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$14.95
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"The 2010 Bourgogne Les Setilles is a direct, frank wine with good varietal and vintage definition in its bright, zesty fruit. Ideally, it is best enjoyed over the next 1-2 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012+.

This is a solid set of wines from Olivier Leflaive's negociant operation." (WA)

"A pretty citrus and green fruit nose combines with detailed, racy, intense and crisp flavors that possess an attractive sense of energy before ending in a delicious finish of moderate depth." (BH)

"TWO WINNING FRENCH CHARDONNAY’S AT $14.95 2010 BOURGOGNE “LES SETILLES” - OLIVIER LEFLAIVE 2006 MACON-VILLAGES, Estate Btld. HEIRS COMTE LAFON

Both of these medium bodied white wines from France exhibit classic non-oak Chardonnay character, as expressed in aromas and tastes of butterscotch, lemons, honeysuckle and ripe melons. Don’t look for any vanilla oaky quality from these 100% Chardonnay wines. Instead you’ll find a directly appealing most pleasant whites—though both have a longer finish then I was expecting before I tried the wine.

2006 MACON-VILLAGES is six years old and a priori you might think it a bit old for a Macon, but this is not the case with this wine. Though fully mature it certainly still has a fine acid balance and will stay that way for at least a couple more years. One of the outstanding features of this wine is that its estate bottled by one of the most prestigious producers of white Burgundy the heirs of the Comte Lafon. For example their Le Montrachets are incomparable wines that retail for around $1,500 a bottle. It’s the vineyard management and the superior wine making skills of the Lafon’s that give this Macon-Village a depth of flavor and complexity you don’t expect from such a modest priced Chardonnay from this appellation near the town of Lyon.

2010 BOURGOGNE “LES SETILLES” imparts a clean, zesty appeal, as one would expect from a younger wine. And part of the wines charm is in its youth, so enjoy now and for the next couple of years. Among the traits that appealed to me in this $14.95 wine (normal price is around $20) is its balance and sprightliness, along with the pronounced Chardonnay character that I mentioned above.

The appellation on this wine is simply Burgundy, or in French ‘Bourgogne”, coming from vineyards in the Cote de Beaune with possibly some Cote Chaloinse as well. The “Les Setilles” is not a vineyard but the brand name that the negoicant Olivier Leflaive gives to this “batch” of wine that he has vinified, aged and bottled himself.

RATING: Both 89-90

PRICE: $14.95

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

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Winery Notes:
Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Les Setilles (family garden) has become one of the most popular items in the entire Frederick Wildman portfolio. Year in/ year out this wine represents impeccable quality and unsurpassed value in the French wine category. This wine exceeds expectations of even the most discriminating of palates.

Terroir:
Les Setilles is sourced from vineyards within the communes of Puligny Montrachet and Meursault, with each village representing roughly half of the final blend. Grapes are sourced from multiple plots within each village in an effort to maximize complexity of the final wine.

Vinification:
Vintage consistency is the goal with this wine so the blending of lots and aging technique will vary according. Roughly 60% of the wine is aged in Allier oak, only 10% of which is new. The remaining 40% of the wine is aged in stainless steel to preserve clean varietal character.

Notes:
The 2010 Les Setilles is, as usual, a stunning value from Burgundy. The wine is medium in body with notes of green apple, pear, mineral and just a touch of smoky oak on the finish. Typical of it's 50% Meursault, a backdrop of roasted nut shines throughout.