Chevalier Montrachet, Grand Cru , 2017

  Leflaive

A step up from anything else in the Leflaive cellar, which is saying something. Incredibly focused, powerful and tense. Shimmering with live wire flavours of lemon rind, salt crystals and crushed stones. Long and expansive. Taut, clean and pure. Concentrated without any heaviness. So vivid and electric. Textured minerals add crunch and dimension to the wine. An epic Chevalier that hails from old vines originally planted in the 1950s, with some replanting in 1974 and 1980.

Contains Sulphites.

About Leflaive

There is no doubt that Anne-Claude’s wines are going from strength to strength. The bio-dynamic revolution that she started in 1990 seems to have really got into its stride. Her opinion is that it takes about eight years for the effects of this complicated process to be seen, and she confirmed our beliefs that the acidity of the wines was getting better each year. These whites rate among the best Burgundy has to offer. The wines are typically barrel-fermented and aged for several months followed by at least 6 months in steel tank prior to bottling.

Appellation: Chevalier-Montrachet

Based entirely in the Puligny-Montrachet commune Chevalier-Montrachet is a 7 hectare Grand Cru lying directly above Montrachet. A steeper, stonier and chalkier vineyard than Montrachet that gives less rich wines. However after Le Montrachet, the wines of Chevalier are usually the next most sought after of the white Grand Cru. The wines have a disticnt taut, mineral character thanks to the poor stony soil, aswell as the requisite length and depth for a Grand Cru quality wine.

Grape Type: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely-grown and versatile of all white grape varieties. As a relatively neutral grape, it offers a near transparent map of winemaking style, climate and terroir. It is the ideal grape variety for Burgundy, where it serves to mirror the complex nuances of the myriad of terroirs found in this hallowed land. Chardonnay produces a variety of wines from the minerally and unoaked styles found in Chablis, the fatter nuttier examples in Meursault, to the tropical fruit-driven versions found in the New World. It is also the major grape variety in Champagne, where it produces lively floral wines, namely in the Côte de Blancs. It can be found throughout Europe and the New World thanks to its versatility. As a non-aromatic variety, it has an affinity with oak, whether new or used, French or American.