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“Wine workshop before lunch at Leflaive”
Review of Olivier Leflaive

Olivier Leflaive
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Santa Barbara
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58 reviews
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“Wine workshop before lunch at Leflaive”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

The previous posts detailed the lunch and wine tasting menu. I'd like to suggest something that really enhanced the experience. At 10:00 am a 1 1/2 hour walking tour of the surrounding vineyards begins at the restaurant. Be sure to sign up in advance and the cost is €15.

This amazingly informative walking tour of the village and surrounding fields assumes a certain level of understanding about producing wine. You are lead by a winemaker/sommelier with many years experience producing wine in the region. Our group included maybe 10 people so the one on one opportunity to ask questions was unlimited.

You are taken out into the fields of Puligny-Montrachet and can feel the vines as he explains planting, grafting, pruning, biological growing and care taken with these vines. The focus is on describing the terroir that makes this place so famous. You leave this session with an immense understanding of exactly what has combined to make such good wine.

If the details of soil characteristics, slope, sun orientation, wind and growing techniques have any interest to you this will be an amazing time. You can feel the soil and see the differences in how each row is maintained to prepare you for your tasting.

If it all seems a bit too complicated don't worry, your 10 glasses of amazing wine is just around the corner. You will certainly have a better appreciation of what went into making these bottles that you will soon be enjoying. Just email the hotel to make reservations.

By the way, we met people who had spent €500 on an all day guide who didn't get 1/2 the information presented in this €15 tour. The cellar visit follows at 11:30 and is included in the price of the lunch

Visited September 2012
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London
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“Interesting and inexpensive”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

As the other reviews explain, there is a single, fairly simple and fairly unexciting menu of food with no alternatives or choices. You can't really go far wrong with Terrine of Tuna, smoked salmon and Fricasse of chicken with a super choclate mousse to finish. It won't win awards but at €25 its less than the price of a starter in places which have done.

The food is tasty and pleasant. But to focus on the food is to miss the point. This simply isn't a restaurant. This is a wine maker displaying a selection of wines and offering some simple food to try to keep you vaguely sober after up to ten glasses. The friendly and knowledgeale (and impressively multi lingual) staff take the time to chat and explain the wines, their making and the subtle impact of terroir on each. Come to taste and learn about the wines of this house and you'll have a great day or evening. Come looking for a gastronomic experience and you will be disappointed. Because that's just not what they try to offer.

Visited September 2012
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Kortrijk, Belgium
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“nice concept, well-executed”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

We had a wine-tasting lunch here with friends in September 2012. Restaurant atmosphere is bright and pleasant. No 'à la carte' but one set menu, which is very reasonably priced at 25 euros. We were served some appetizers, smoked salmon/tuna terrine, chicken with gratin dauphinois, cheeses and chocolate mousse. Food was fresh and aimed at crowed-pleasing. A tasting of the Olivier Leflaive wines is offered during lunch with each wine given some information (in perfect English if preferred). It's a perfect and fast introduction to the different Villages and quality levels of the Côte de Beaune whites. Our tasting also included 3 Premier Crus and 1 Grand Cru (an impressive Corton Charlemagne white). The Grand Cru Batard-Montrachet is also available for tasting on request, which we did. We enjoyed a lazy 3 hours here and would return.

Visited September 2012
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McLean, Virginia
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31 reviews
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“Over priced, over rated”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

We thought we were going to be dining on tapas, but when we arrived at the restaurant, the only choice was a tasting menu. So we decided to try it. We selected to do an 8 wine paring.

There was a set menu with no selection. The 8 wine parings were all Olivier Leflaive wines (only 1 a premier cru). The food was mediocre at best. The wine was less than mediocre since we had been tasting really good Burgundies for the last 6 days. The Village wines we had been tasting were much better than anything we had at the restaurant. The service was quite bad. The one young man who was supposed to be explaining the wines to us was caught up with another couple and failed to return to our table for about half an hour. In the mean time, the food wait staff spent their time around the reception area talking with each other rather than bringing us the next course (waiting for the wine person to get back to us).
Olivier Leflaive was in the restaurant that evening and said hello to us for a brief moment as he circulated among the tables (about half of which were occupied). He seemed less than interested in anything we had to say.
With all of the great food and wine that are available in Puligny Montrachet and the surrounding areas, I would definitely not recommend wasting your time at this restaurant.

Visited August 2012
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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“wine tasting”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

The wine tasting here is exceptionally good value, covers a good range of their wines and is expertly overseen on this occasion by a charming Englishman from Southampton.

Visited May 2012
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