2011 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1123577 92-95 points Wine Spectator

 The Chevalier-Montrachet exudes white pepper, citrus and hints of apricot and other stone fruit aromas. Very rich yet fresh and well-defined, with flavors of peach, pear and mineral followed by a very long aftertaste.  (1/ 2013)

92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright pale yellow. Rich aromas and flavors of lemon zest, white flowers and gingerbread. Full and sappy but given an urgent, juicy quality by a superb acid/mineral spine. Nothing heavy or flaccid about this beauty in spite of its sweet, open-knit mid-palate. The impressively firm, rising, peacock's tail of a finish boasts terrific energy for the year. This one actually finished with lower residual sugar than the 2010 version, which has close to two grams per liter, according to Prost.  (9/ 2012)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is also ultra-pure and very cool with its essence of white flowers, citrus, green apple, pear and mineral reduction scents. There is outstanding verve and cut to the driving, concentrated and wonderfully intense middle weight flavors that seem to be extracted directly from liquid rock. The saline-infused finish is relatively dry but not especially austere and reflects well the naturally refined and classy mouth feel of a classic Chevalier. While there is no noticeable qualitative difference between this and the Corton-Charlemagne, I prefer the elegance and refinement of the Chevalier.  (4/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 12-14 months in barrel, up to 20% new. Not giving much away on the nose. Some cedary citrus. Richer on the palate than I expected from the nose but still very much a child of this vintage. More length than depth, clean cut and subtle. 17/20 points.  (2/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Very reserved and elegant, with bright citrus noes on teh nose, and a cool minerality on the palate. Very full of life, and lovely. Pretty white flowers as well. A classic blend of grapes from all the portoins of the vineyard. rich montrachet-like fruit, from teh bottom and spicy mineral-driven grapes from the top of the vineayrd where the soil is sahllow and teh nmother rock very close. Lovely! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgudy Buyer, 02/2013)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Chassagne Montrachet

- A long, wandering village in the Côte de Beaune. Fortunately, what the workaday village lacks in charm, the wines more than make up for. Most famous for its white wines, which are lovely and delicate, Chassagne-Montrachet actually produces more red than white wine. It is one of the few places in the Côte D'Or where both red and white wines are produced from Premier Cru vineyards. The Grands Crus are Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet (both shared with the neighboring village of Puligny) and Criots Bâtard Montrachet.