2011 Leflaive (Domaine) - Chevalier-Montrachet 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Beaune - Puligny Montrachet | Grand Cru/ White / Chardonnay   |     Watch

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

Shows an inner sense of power rather than sheer size, developing peach, lemon, baking spice and mineral flavors. Vivid and long, with a persistent aftertaste.

Drink Dates: 2017-2028
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95(+?)

Subdued but pure aromas of pineapple, crushed rock and white flowers; less fruity today than the Bienvenue or Batard. Then fat and ripe but with terrific verve to the mineral and spice flavors. With a few minutes in the glass, this highly concentrated, electric wine came across as more tightly coiled, with its energy and cut becoming more apparent. Most impressive today on the extremely long, perfumed back end, which leaves the palate vibrating under a layer of mineral dust. Winemaker Remy says he wouldn't start drinking this wine for 12 years.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 170

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. Anne-Claude Leflaive's Chevalier-Montrachet 2011 is bestowed with a crystalline bouquet, reticent at first, but then unfurling with subtle mineral notes, licorice, spice and flint aromas. The palate is clean and fresh with crisp acidity. There is more tension here than in Philippe Colin's Chevalier, with a citric core of fruit, although it needs more delineation and minerality on the rather muscular finish. That will surely develop with commensurate bottle age.

Drink Dates: 2016-2033
Author: Neal Martin


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Average rating: 95, based on 3 reviews
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138 bottles owned by 26 collectors.

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About This Producer


"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

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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