Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2011

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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 – 2011 – Holiday Host’s Guide 2014: Fifty Wines for 50 Dishes – Robb Report

    "…this stellar white Burgundy only slowly reveals its depth of flavors, drawing the palate into a gradual journey through essences of white peach, nutmeg, lemon curd, and wet granite."

  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2011 – 96 Points, Bruce Sanderson’s Recommended White Burgundies – Wine Spectator

    "Shows an inner sense of power rather than sheer size, developing peach, lemon, baking spice and mineral flavors. Vivid and long."

  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2011 – 93-96 points, Don’t Miss! – Burghound.com

    "There is a lilting mouth feel to the gorgeously intense, precise and cuts-like-a-knife medium weight plus flavors that brim with mineral and an abundance of dry extract that coats the palate on the hugely long finish."

  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2011 – 93-95 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    "…aromas of crushed stone, lavender and violet. Fine-grained, elegant and airy…powerful, with terrific vibrancy to the floral and crushed rock flavors. Conveys an impression of strong acidity and finishes dry, very long and brilliantly precise.”

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