Domaine Leflaive

Burgundy, France

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2018

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Burgundy
    • Location: 3 parcels in Chevalier-Montrachet
    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
    • Size: Chevalier du bas sud: 6.5 ouvrées (0.69 acre), planted in 1957 and 1958; Chevalier du bas nord: 21 ouvrées (2.22 acres) planted in 1955, 1964 and 1980; Chevalier du haut: 19 ouvrées (2.01 acres), planted in 1974
    • Soil: Calcareous clay
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Long, gentle pneumatic pressing, “débourbage, or “settling of the juice,” over 24 hours; then racking and running the must into cask
    • Barrel Fermentation: Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 25% new (maximum 1/3 Vosges, minimum 2/3 Allier)
    • Aging: Aged 12 months in cask, 6 months in tank, then prepared for bottling
    • Filtration: Homeopathic fining and very light filtering at bottling, if necessary

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  • Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2018 – Vinous – 96-98 Points

    The 2018 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru has an intense bouquet of lemon thyme, crushed limestone, and traces of orange pith and citrus peel that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is underpinned with a fine, almost razor-sharp bead of acidity. There is a wonderful crescendo of flavor here, leading to a multifaceted, lemongrass-tinged finish that lingers with a saline aftertaste. This is sheer class, a tremendous Chevalier-Montrachet. Drink 2024 - 2055.

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