Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2011
- 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
Ripeness monitored parcel-by-parcel for optimal harvest date
Hand-harvested with grape sorting
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
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.”