Wine Review of 2014 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Cuvée Margot Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France
The Cuvée Margot Burgundy Pinot Noir by famous Puligny-Montrachet-based winery and producer Olivier Leflaive is a blend of 20 vineyards all along the Côte d’Or, from both the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits (see map below). The Cuvée was named after Olivier’s daughter: Margot.
After a cold fermentation that lasted for about 18 days, the 70% of the wine aged in oak barrels for 1 month.
This Burgundy Pinot Noir comes in a bright ruby red color, with some intensity for a Pinot, not your lightly colored French Pinot, but not your densely tannic-looking one either.
The nose is pungently spicy, dominated by black and green pepper aromas, smoothened and sweetened by notes of sour cherry, blueberry, and blackberry. There is a clear sense of a vegetal character coming through, like when you swipe your fingers on green wood, but the fruity element remains dominant and tempting.
On the palate, this is clearly a dry Pinot, with a mineral, slightly sharp an acidity.
It has mid-body, and velvety and slightly edgy tannins too. The whole feels fruity and spicy, filled with fresh red berry flavors, of the sour type, complemented by sweet spices like nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. The whole feels zingy, fresh and fruity, although a little edgy.
Certainly, this is a food-friendly wine, one to enjoy with rich meats or cheese-covered dishes. It will cut through the fat, spice it up beautifully, and provide a luscious sense of berry fruitiness, given it’s paired with rounded oily foods.