Starts out with an alluring smoky aroma, with lemon and stone notes underneath. A racy style for the vintage, this white feels a little nervous and unsettled today. Shows fine intensity and length on the refreshing finish. Best from 2019 through 2028. 100 cases made.
Author: Bruce Sanderson
The 2015 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru has a very well-defined bouquet this year, taut and minerally, hints of grilled walnut and hazelnut emerging with time. There is a sense of energy and focus. The palate is very well balanced with an elegant, subtle opening for a Chevalier-Montrachet: citrus peel, white pepper and a touch of blackberry leaf, fanning out gently with quite a persistent saline aftertaste. This constitutes a rather aristocratic Chevalier-Montrachet with breeding, class and sophistication.
Author: Neal Martin
This also possesses a touch of matchstick character on the much more floral-scented nose that is trimmed in moderate oak. There is excellent drive and an abundance of both sap and minerality where the former coats the palate and the latter adds a bit of lift to the clean, dry and even firmer finale. This is also a big wine, even in the context of what is typical for Chevalier, and one that is going to need extended cellaring if you wish to experience it at its peak.
Author: Allen Meadows
(13.8% alcohol; this wine was bottled in March, while the premier crus were finished in January and February): Bright, green-tinged yellow. Brisk aromas of pineapple, mint and crushed stone. Concentrated, tactile wine with noteworthy mineral power to its juicy flavors of lemon, lime and crushed rock. Among the highest in acidity of these 2015s, which is not typically the case for Chevalier-Montrachet. Finishes quite backward, with lingering notes of citrus peel and wet stone. This thick wine will need time to soften. - Stephen Tanzer