Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2013

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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 – 2013 – 95 points – RobertParker.com

    “… dried honey, brioche and orange blossom, a touch of mineralité tucked just behind. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, lively in the mouth with very impressive weight, retaining superb delineation and focus on the gunflint finish ... ”

  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2013 – 95 points – Vinous

    “Bright yellow. Musky yellow peach, grilled nuts and flinty minerality on the nose. Plush, silky and rich; in fact, downright voluptuous for the year, but with terrific mineral energy to its ripe stone fruit flavors. Finishes tactile and long…”

  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2013 – 94 – 97 points – Vinous

    “Superb purity of apricot, lemon drop and iodine on the nose. Suave, silky and highly concentrated, with dense fruit flavors given definition by the wine's mineral finesse…The building, gripping finish saturates the palate.”

  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2013 – 94 – 96 points – eRobertParker.com

    “…cold wet limestone…very precise, tightly wound at first and then opening with continued aeration…driven along by the acidic line and then fans out gloriously toward the finish. This is a very 'complete' Grand Cru…Sublime.”

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