Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2017
- Appellation: Burgundy
- Location: 3 parcels in Chevalier-Montrachet
- Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
- Size: Size: 1.99ha (4.92 acres); 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
- 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
Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon — 2017 – Vinous – 97 Points
A clean, precise bouquet, fresh, taut and understated. The well-balanced palate delivers real power, offering flavors of candied orange peel and spices and a fine saline undercurrent. Harmonious, elegant yet intense, this should age with style and panache.
Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2017 – The Wine Advocate – 95-97 Points
The 2017 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru delivers a vibrant but reserved bouquet of lemon zest, white flowers and crushed chalk that is still some distance from displaying all its breadth of expression. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and tensile, with a tight-knit core, searingly intense chalky extract and an electric sense of energy, concluding with a long finish. This is the most linear Chevaliers I tasted in the 2017 vintage, which was typically somewhat more open at the same stage in Anne-Claude's day, so it will be interesting to see how much plenitude it displays in bottle.