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  • Country ranking ?

    578
  • Producer ranking ?

    11
  • Decanting time

    -
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Salads

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The Story

The Grand Cru Chevalier Montrachet sits high on the hillside overlooking Le Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet and the village of Puligny Montrachet far below. 

As a leader of biodynamic viticulture, Domaine Leflaive is renowned for the attention to detail and care that goes in to nourishing each vine from ground to bottle. This organic method of cultivation enriches the soil with plant-based compounds, thus sparing the vines of harmful herbicides and allowing the wine to exude the particularities of the Puligny-Montrachet terroir.

Their Grand Cru wines have consistently scored highly with Wine Advocate, Neal Martin describes them as “wines with audacity and ambition.” Le Montrachet, Batard Montrachet, Bienvenue Batard Montrachet and Chevalier Montrachet dominate Wine Advocate’s top scorers from this domaine, all of which are produced in tiny quantities. It is also worth noting that Neal Martin flags up Domaine Leflaive’s ability to “transcend the limitations of the growing season” – so even in less than favourable vintages their wines are worthy of consideration.

For those looking for an accessible opportunity to taste the top quality white Burgundy produced by this domaine, their Bourgogne Blanc and Mâcon Verzé provide just that.

 

Domaine Leflaive’s wines age excellently. Allen Meadows has previously noted that one particular vintage of Le Montrachet “even at almost 20 years of age… is still cruising along like it was only 10 as the freshness of the aromas is uncanny.” To help judge when the wines are ready to drink, Domaine Leflaive’s website provides an excellent database of recommendations by wine and by vintage.

Sol argilo-calcaire /3 parcels in the Chevalier-Montrachet appellation.
Chevalier du bas sud: 6.5 ouvrées (0.69 acre) planted in 1957 and 1958.
Chevalier du bas nord: 21 ouvrées (2.22 acres) planted in 1955, 1964 and 1980.
Chevalier du haut: 19 ouvrées (2.01 acres) planted in 1974.
Surface: 1ha 99a (4.92 acres).

Method of culture

Long, gentle pneumatic pressing, decanting over 24 hours, then racking and running into cask of the must.
Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 25% new (maxi 1/3 Vosges, mini 2/3 Allier).
Maturing: after 12 months in cask, the wine is aged 6 months in tank where it is prepared for bottling.
Homeopathic fining and very light filtering if necessary.

Biodynamic.

Manual harvesting with grape sorting and optimisation of choice of date through parcel-by-parcel ripeness monitoring.

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“An ultra-pure and high-toned nose of mineral-based reduction, spiced pear and acacia blossom gives way to overtly stony and quite finely detailed broad-shouldered flavors that despite their significant size and weight, are crystalline in their transparency. This very much seems to be built on a base of liquid limestone with impeccable balance and flat out stunning persistence.”(96pts BH)

  • 96p

Full, bright yellow; swirls thicker than the '11. Creamy-sweet pineappley nose suggests a rather low-acid wine. Delivers almost confectionery sweetness on entry, then large-scaled and opulent in the middle, with yellow fruit flavors verging on exotic. Today this wine is dominated by its ripe-vintage character and its plush wave of fruit, but the very long, resounding, chewy finish reveals a strong, even slightly edgy mineral underpinning that may yet take several more years to make itself felt. Ultimately quite dry and stony for all its honeyed richness and fat. From the start, then-cellarmaster Eric Remy described 2009 as an easy vintage--in direct contrast to 2008, which required multiple treatments against oidium in the vineyards and extensive use of the sorting table. (13.45% alcohol; 3.16 pH; the harvest began on September 5)

  • 95p

Pale lemon yellow. Apples, citrus, lemons, some candied lemons notes, vanilla and spices, minerals, touch smoky nose. Fresh acidity, fresh, fruity, apples, pears, minerals, some vanilla, intense and concentrated, incredible length, this one just goes on and on. 97

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Origin

Beaune, Burgundy

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