Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2010

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Burgundy
    • Location: 3 parcels in Chevalier-Montrachet
    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
    • Size: Total of 1.80 hectares (4.45 acres)Chevalier du bas sud (lower south): 6.5 ouvrées (0.69 acre), planted in 1957 and 1958Chevalier du bas nord (lower north): 16 ouvrées (1.69 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 – 2010 – 94-97 points, Don’t Miss! – Burghound.com

    “…lemon-lime and acacia blossom scents that…include background notes of stone and saline that complement to perfection the intensely mineral-driven middle weight flavors that possess superb precision on the explosive and palate staining finish...”

  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2010 – 97 points – Burghound.com

    "I very much like the contrast between the sense of focused power and the mouth feel which is almost delicate. This is sheer class and the balance is flawless. This should go down as a classic vintage for this storied wine. A true 'wow' wine.”

  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2010 – 97(+?) points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    “…Boasts outstanding tension and building intensity to its powerful lemon peel, pineapple and crushed stone flavors. Saturates every square millimeter of the palate yet finishes with an impression of weightlessness. ..”

  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2010 – 95+ points – The Wine Advocate

    “…quite beautiful from a textural standpoint…With time in the glass, gorgeous floral notes and hints of honey blossom as the Chevalier shows off its sensual personality and beautifully layered fruit.”

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