Olivier Leflaive - Chevalier-Montrachet - Grand Cru

93 points - The Wine Advocate
Olivier Leflaive - Chevalier-Montrachet - Grand Cru - 2013 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Olivier Leflaive - Chevalier-Montrachet - Grand Cru

93 points - The Wine Advocate
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The Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru is showing reduction on the nose that snuffs out some of the terroir expression and minerality compared to Chartron's Clos des Chevalier. The palate is smooth and quite oaky on the entry, well balanced and modern in style, but it does not quite convey the propitiousness of the vineyard with the same aplomb as its peers.
The 2010 Chevalier-Montrachet is totally seamless from start to finish. Layers of intense fruit wrap around the palate as this expressive, nuanced wine opens up in the glass. There is terrific dimension and depth to the aromas and flavours in this vivid Chevalier.
Type:
White
Country:
France
Region:
Burgundy
Appellation:
Chevalier-Montrachet
Producer:
Olivier Leflaive
Grapes/Blend:
Chardonnay
Style:
Grand Cru
ABV:
13.5%

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Burgundy - Onshore Cellars

Burgundy

The French Wine region of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) may be small in size, but its influence is huge in the world of vino. The complexity of Burgundy...

The French Wine region of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) may be small in size, but its influence is huge in the world of vino. The complexity of Burgundy can cast fear into the heart of even a seasoned wine pro, but fear not – the region need only be as complicated as you want it to be. Yes, it is home to some of the most expensive wines in the known universe, but there are also tasty and affordable wines.

Main grapes:

Pinot Noir originated in Burgundy and these vines cover 34% of the region, accounting for 29% of overall wine production. The red grape does extremely well in limestone and clay soil, which helps create their complexity. Pinot Noir wines from Burgundy range in colour from cherry to brick, are light in body, and typically have red fruit and spicy flavours. Gamay is a red grape also grown in Burgundy, but only makes up 10% of the vines.

Chardonnay is the primary grape for white wines in Burgundy, making up 48% of the vines and 68% of production. Chardonnay appreciates Burgundy’s marl soil, which gives it delicate floral, fruit, and mineral aromas and full-bodied flavours. Aligoté is the second white grape, accounting for 6% grown. {Read more about the ancient Aligoté grape in Burgundy.}

The region does produce a sparkling wine called Crémant de Bourgogne. It can be made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Aligoté, Gamay, Sacy, and Melon. Varieties include blanc, blanc de blancs, blanc de noirs, and rosé.

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Chevalier-Montrachet

Chevalier-Montrachet

Chevalier-Montrachet is a prestigious wine appellation located in the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy, France. This small appellation covers just over 17 hectares of land, and is...

Chevalier-Montrachet is a prestigious wine appellation located in the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy, France. This small appellation covers just over 17 hectares of land, and is known for producing some of the finest white wines in the world.

The history of Chevalier-Montrachet dates back to the Middle Ages, when the vineyards were owned by the Knights of Malta. The appellation takes its name from the Chevalier family, who were the original owners of the land. Today, the vineyards are owned by a number of different producers, each with their own unique style and approach to winemaking.

The style of production in Chevalier-Montrachet is heavily influenced by the terroir of the region. The vineyards are situated on a steep slope, with a south-eastern exposure that allows for maximum sun exposure. The soil is composed of limestone and clay, which gives the wines their characteristic minerality and complexity.

The primary grape variety grown in Chevalier-Montrachet is Chardonnay, which is known for its ability to express the terroir of the region. The grapes are hand-harvested and carefully sorted to ensure only the highest quality fruit is used in the winemaking process.

The typical wines produced in Chevalier-Montrachet are rich and complex, with a full-bodied texture and a long, lingering finish. The wines are known for their intense aromas of citrus, white flowers, and honey, with a subtle hint of oak from the aging process.

Overall, Chevalier-Montrachet is a truly exceptional wine appellation that produces some of the finest white wines in the world. The combination of the unique terroir, careful winemaking techniques, and the use of high-quality Chardonnay grapes results in wines that are truly unforgettable. Whether you are a seasoned wine connoisseur or simply looking to explore the world of fine wine, Chevalier-Montrachet is a must-try appellation that is sure to impress.

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