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2005 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

  • 97 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 98 JR
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SKU: 47414-2005

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($433) Bright, pale yellow. Knockout nose combines citrus and stone fruits, flint, acacia flower and a leesy nuance. Extraordinarily dense and tactile on the palate, with uncanny clarity and energy to the flavors of white peach, lemon, wet stone and flint. A great stony expression, with great thrust and persistence and an almost weightless impression. The palate-saturating finishing flavor of dusty stone is almost painful. I love this style. This was bottled just ten days ago and will almost certainly shut down in the bottle for a long time.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: September/October 2007
  • Burghound | Rating: 97

    (with thanks to Dr. Reed Day). From a note taken in March 2012: An ultra pure and still somewhat reserved nose of rose petal, anise, white peach and pear aromas that also display subtle hints of stone and smoke that dissolve seamlessly into unusually big and rich flavors that possess real size, weight and muscle, indeed this is almost Bƒtard-like in its sheer volume, all wrapped in a deeply concentrated and wonderfully stony finish that is both impressively explosive and strikingly long. While it's a much bigger and denser version, the flavors positively vibrate in the mouth and it is this sense of barely restrained energy that reminds me a lot of the 1996 at the same stage of development. This remains an exceptionally promising Chevy though 6 years of development have now allowed this to at least become enjoyable and while there is still plenty of upside remaining, this could be enjoyed now if desired. Note that two more bottles tasted in July 2016 were both badly premoxed and in my view undrinkable.
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 3rd Quarter, 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    Elegant and creamy in texture, this exhibits citronella, peach, floral and mineral aromas and flavors, all nicely layered. Still a touch raw on the finish, yet all the elements are well-proportioned, so give this another few years to fully integrate. 104 cases imported.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19

    Great energy and zest and high acidity (see my notes on a vertical of this wine published in early Dec 2005). There is race and a touch of gorse about this wine. Real finesse and still some astringence. Extremely fine and precise with a strong mineral undertow. Lovely laciness of texture and great balance. This should have a really long life.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
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  • "If the blessed slopes of the Cote d'Or are home to the ultimate expression of Chardonnay, then Anne-Claude Leflaive could be regarded as the magician, some might use the word "shaman", who can conjure wine like no other from this propitious terroir." - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 448 bottles owned
    • 69 collectors