Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2012

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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 – 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. "

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