2007 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru

SKU #1326013 96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A strikingly complex nose offers seriously impressive breadth with its aromas of ripe, pure and airy nose of white flower, spice and subtle pear aromas. There is excellent richness to the mouth coating flavors that are built on a base of fine minerality, all wrapped in a sappy and mouth coating finish that oozes dry extract. This is really a lovely effort that is at once refined yet powerful with an almost painfully intense backend. A very impressive effort that is positively Zen-like in its poise and quiet sense of harmony. A 'wow' wine though note that it will need plenty of time to fulfill all of its vast potential.  (4/2012)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ineffable, discreet aromas of powdered stone, lemon peel, tangerine and flowers are complicated by an almost metallic minerality. Wonderfully succulent and silky in the mouth, but with a firm stony edge that gives it a rather uncompromising quality. An ethereal essence of wet stone minerality, this powerful, concentrated, classically dry wine is also compellingly smooth on the reverberating aftertaste. (ST)  (9/2009)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pungent, high-toned herbal essences, heliotrope, narcissus, and lily in the nose of Leflaive’s 2007 Chevalier-Montrachet lead to a palate of formidable richness and ripeness of peach, pear, and cantaloupe with liquid floral essences allied to palpable chalkiness and creating a vibratory intensity of fruit, floral, herbal, and mineral interchange. Citrus zest, white pepper, and brown spices add invigoration and palate-staining intensity to a finish of lift and energy. The combination here of an extremely ripe and suggestively sweet personality given the vintage with buoyancy and multifaceted minerality is remarkable and the wine’s sheer length sensational. In 2006 this wine went beyond its vintage’s norms in energy, clarity, and minerality; and in 2007 it goes beyond vintage norms in sheer ripeness and richness. This should be worth following for 10-12 years. (DS)  (12/2009)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Broad yet incisive, this white features lime, apple, white peach and mineral flavors that are matched to a vibrant frame. There's intensity and grip, gaining elegance and expanding on the palate, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Best from 2013 through 2025. 97 cases imported. (BS)  (2/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 All tasted from tank at the winery with winemaker Eric Rémy in Nov 2008. The wines are moved from barrel to cuve just before the harvest, so they usually spend about 3-4 months in tank. 25% new oak. An immediate impression of depth - like deep water calling to a diver. Light touches of mineral, spice, honey and citrus on the nose. On the palate, again depth but also concentration, mineral and almond flavours, lemon cream - full and alive and all waiting to blossom. 18.5/20 Points (JH)  (1/2009)

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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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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:

Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.