The Burgundies from Puligny-based Olivier Leflaive have quickly become firm favourites for many of you, but we’re equally excited about the family’s project in Champagne, Valentin Leflaive – one of the most dynamic and ambitious producers to emerge in Champagne in recent times.
Named after Olivier’s nephew, Champagne Valentin Leflaive was established in 2015, but it was not until 2020 that its first wines were released. Working with the same attention to site as in Burgundy, the Leflaive team source grapes only from renowned Premier and Grand Cru vineyards, primarily in the Côte des Blancs. The whites are exclusively Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) and Extra Brut – meaning they are bottled with a dosage of no more than 6g/L. This results in a “house style” that is taut and intensely mineral, with moreish salinity a hallmark of the range.