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Wines from Chevalier-Montrachet

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Domaine Leflaive 2008 Chardonnay (Chevalier-Montrachet)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $550

A ripe, toasty wine, very buttery. It has rich, almost sweet yellow fruit balanced with a wonderful mineral texture. The wine, of course, is still very young, but shows its future as being rounded and opulent. The acidity that holds it all together shows in the finish.

 — R.V.  (7/1/2011)
97
points

Domaine Leflaive 2006 Chardonnay (Chevalier-Montrachet)

  1. $574

Taut and mineral, this is currently a wine that is waiting to reveal its power and majesty. The fruit is on a tight rein of acidity, which only slowly opens up to show mango, pineapple, crisp citrus, layers of toast and a mouth-enveloping richness. Age for at least five years, preferably 10.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2009)
96
points

Louis Jadot 2012 Les Demoiselles Chardonnay (Chevalier-Montrachet)

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  1. $500

While the wood-aging shows strongly in this young wine, it is already apparent that it is going to be intense, grandiose, opulent while serious. Great citrus layers give a moment of freshness in all this concentration. Green plums, ripe apricots and lemon are all developing, contrasting with the dense, mineral structure. The wine needs long-term aging, dont’ drink…

 — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
96
points

Olivier Leflaive 2012 Chardonnay (Chevalier-Montrachet)

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  1. $670

The combination of young fruit and the wood aging are irresistible in this very grand wine. With its ripe yellow fruits laced with lemon and grapefruit, it’s a full and rich wine coming from one of the greatest white wine vineyards in France. Power and intensity are there, allowing the wine to develop slowly over many years. Drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2014)
96
points

Bouchard Père & Fils 2011 Chardonnay (Chevalier-Montrachet)

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  1. $315

Initially, this is a richly ripe wine with tropical fruit flavors. It also has an immense sense of structure that supports the fruit impressively. It’s dense, concentrated, exuding power and solidity, while always keeping a sense of elegance. Drink from 2018.

 — R.V.  (9/1/2014)
96
points

Bouchard Père & Fils 2007 La Cabotte Chardonnay (Chevalier-Montrachet)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $660

From a parcel within the Chevalier-Montrachet vineyard, this is beautifully balanced, but a wine with considerable potential. It is rich, but thrust through with a sword of steel, giving acidity that offers a succulent counterpoint to the yellow fruits. The wood is becoming well integrated, offering further richness. For long-term aging.

 — R.V.  (7/1/2010)
96
points

Louis Latour 2006 Chardonnay (Chevalier-Montrachet)

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Rich and mineral at the same time, this deliciously powerful wine is open and generous. The structure is equally impressive, a steely core of minerality and tense stone fruits. The wood shows through with spice, but remains discreet. Age for many years.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2008)
96
points

Bouchard Père & Fils 2004 La Cabotte Chardonnay (Chevalier-Montrachet)

  1. $500

This comes from high up in the Chevalier-Montrachet vineyard, from vines surrounding a small workers shed, the “cabotte.” It is the better of the two bottlings from this vineyard by Bouchard, although “better” here is like differentiating between two stars on top form. It has great poise, so although the richness is there, it is shot through with acidity and citric…

 — R.V.  (12/1/2006)
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