Grapelive: Wine of the Day February 22, 2017

2015 Olivier Leflaive, Auxey-Duresses Blanc, Burgundy, France.
Olivier Leflaive’s beautiful Auxey-Duresses white is a stylish and rich white Burgundy with clear and persistent layers of fruit delivered with mineral charm and class. This was a surprise in the lineup of new wines from this Domaine, it was the equal of many a Chassagne and Puligny that were 3 or 4 times the price and should be on your lists as a bargain in this vintage as there won’t be that many considering the tiny crops and high quality on offer. At Wildman’s Burgundy preview in San Francisco, these Olivier Leflaive and Christian Moreau (Chablis) really stood out for exceptional quality throughout, and while Olivier Leflaive has always a solid performer, these 2015 certainly have raised the game here, these are the best wines I’ve ever tasted tasted from Olivier Leflaive by far, white Burgundy fans will be thrilled by them. The 2015 Auxey-Duresses is exciting from start to finish with pretty white flowers, lessy brioche and steely verve leading the way along with crisp apple, pear and white peach fruits to go with wet stones, spice, lemon curd and hazelnut. This wine is full of energy, but gathers depth, roundness and mouth feel with air making for an impressive terroir driven Chardonnay. About a year on the lees and about 20% new wood add to the texture and decadence found in this concentrated wine, this is graceful and vivid stuff to enjoy for at least 3 to 5 years.
($48 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive