Domaines Leflaive

Bourgogne, France

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2009

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Burgundy
    • Location: 3 parcels in Chevalier-Montrachet
    • Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
    • Size: Total of 1.99 hectares (4.92 acres)Chevalier du bas sud (lower south): 6.5 ouvrées (0.69 acre), planted in 1957 and 1958Chevalier du bas nord (lower north): 21 ouvrées (2.22 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



  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2009 – 96 points –

    “An ultra-pure and high-toned nose of mineral-based reduction, spiced pear and acacia blossom gives way to overtly stony and quite finely detailed broad-shouldered flavors that…are crystalline in their transparency.”

  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2009 – 94 points – Wine Spectator

    “Broad and muscular, this white evokes nut oil, smoke, butterscotch, peach, melon and spice flavors. Still a bit raw and unformed, with a long expansive finish. Turns creamier and silkier with aeration.”

  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2009 – 98 points, A Year’s Best White Burgundy – Wine & Spirits

    “…a sunny purity, an umami fragrance of the earth and a lemon blossom honey scent that feigns sweetness later revealed as savory richness in a finish that raises this wine into another realm."

  • Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2009 – (93-96) points –

    "An ultra-pure and high-toned nose of wet stone, spiced pear and acacia blossom gives way to even stonier and quite finely detailed broad-shouldered flavors…built on a base of liquid limestone with impeccable balance and flat out stunning persistence…"