Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2012
- 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 – 2012 – 94 – 96 points – The Wine Advocate
"…very fine precision on the nose, expanding…with mineral notes…dried flowers accompanied by a faint hint of licorice…This has real density and poise with a long lime-tinged finish. This is a sophisticated wine, erudite and subtle..."
Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2012 – 94-97 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
"Fresh aromas of white peach, pineapple, lime and crushed stone. Rich, thick and full but with a pungent vein of stony minerality running through the wine and giving it energy and lift. Wonderfully silky and fine-grained grand cru with superb volume and a slowly building, extremely long finish. "