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2005 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ” Abbaye de Morgeot”, Domaine Olivier Leflaive – A Mainstream Premier Cru

This second bottle of white Burgundy for Christmas represents the complete opposite in style to the last-mentioned Boisson-Vadot. More oak in the nose and more fat on the palate. But everything in an elegant way, not “New World”  with butterscotch, rather with understated creamy vanilla and also more clear fruit notes such as apple and a few flowery elements. I guess the big estate Olivier Leflaive knows how to create a pleasing style, but it is for sure also the natural expression of the great vintage 2005 that comes through. Further, the 6 years of age were barely noticeable and the wine opened up beautifully over 2 days. The palate showed some elegant fruit note and a good balance. I picked up this bottle at a French supermarket once and was scared it could have suffered standing on that shelve, maybe for a few years. I guess I was lucky. A high-end crowd-pleaser!

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