Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2015
- 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 – 2015 – 97 points – Wine Spectator
“Offers a broad mouthful of peach, apple and melon flavors, underscored by lively acidity. Has power and weight, with a mouthwatering finish... Really expansive on the finish, where citrus and mineral notes reign."
Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2015 – 95 points – Vinous
"...High-pitched aromas of pineapple, peach pit and redcurrant are lively and pure. Silky, fine-grained and sweet, with harmonious acidity and penetrating chalky minerality giving the fresh orchard fruit flavors terrific precision. At once seamless and gripping, this impeccably balanced wine finishes with a subtle whiplash of flavor that leaves the salivary glands humming."
Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2015 – 93-95 points – Burghound
"... There is outstanding volume, power and concentration to the focused, intense and palate coating broad-shouldered flavors that despite the imposing scale remain highly refined and particularly so on the markedly mineral-driven and explosively long finish. This won’t be the finest Chevalier that Leflaive has ever produced but it is a terrific effort for the vintage."
Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2015 – 96 points – Decanter
"The Chevalier is exceptional this year, very reminiscent of the domaine's lovely 2005. A cool and reserved nose of lemon oil, crushed stones, white flowers and touch of subtle noisette introduces a powerful, full-bodied palate with bottomless depth, impeccable focus and tingling minerality. The finish is long, penetrating and very racy."