Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2008

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Burgundy
    • Location: 3 parcels in Chevalier-Montrachet
    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
    • Size: Total of 1.99 hectares (4.92 acres)Chevalier du bas sud (lower south): 6.5 ouvrées (0.69 acre), planted in 1957 and 1958Chevalier du bas nord (lower north): 21 ouvrées (2.22 acres), planted in 1955, 1964 and 1980Chevalier du haut (upper): 19 ouvrées (2.01 acres), planted in 1974
    • Soil: Calcareous clay
  • Vintage Report

    • Ripeness monitored parcel-by-parcel for optimal harvest date
      Hand harvested with grape sorting

  • Vinification

    • Long, gentle pneumatic pressing, “débourbage, or “settling of the juice,” over 24 hours; then racking and running the must into cask
      Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 25% new (maximum 1/3 Vosges, minimum 2/3 Allier)
      Aged 12 months in cask, 6 months in tank, then prepared for bottling
      Homeopathic fining and very light filtering at bottling, if necessary

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Reviews

  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2008 – 98 points, 100 Best Wines of 2011 – Best Burgundy White – Wine & Spirits

    “Commanding beauty is rarely as subtle as this Chevalier-Montrachet, the curves of its flavor bringing the kind of emotional reaction that few wines have the power to achieve…four days of air only improve on its freshness and layered complexity…”

  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2008 – 97 points – Burghound.com

    "...exceptionally elegant and pure with white flower, green apple, pear...rich, full and highly energetic flavors that tighten up considerably on the detailed, minerally and bone dry finish that displays distinct citrus mineral nuances..."

  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2008 – 97 points – Wine Spectator

    “Aromas of lemon and butterscotch lead off, followed by lime, buttered pastry and mineral flavors. Tightly wound and muscular, with fine intensity and a long, mouthwatering finish. Stays vibrant, echoing butterscotch and stone on the aftertaste.”

  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2008 – 97 points, Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast

    "A ripe, toasty wine, very buttery. It has rich, almost sweet yellow fruit balanced with a wonderful mineral texture...shows its future as being rounded and opulent. The acidity that holds it all together shows in the finish."

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