2016 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1343050 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru has a detailed bouquet with attractive scents of almond and white chocolate tincturing the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, quite cohesive and understated at first (like the Domaine Leflaive tasted earlier that day) with a sappy and convincing finish that is surfeit with minerals and a hint of tangerine. This is a very impressive, sophisticated Chevalier-Montrachet that I actually have a preference for over the La Cabotte this year. (NM)  (12/2017)

92-95 points Vinous

 Pale, light yellow. Lovely perfumed nose offers scents of crushed rock, lavender and rose, with some apple and fresh oak impinging. Wonderfully silky and creamy but lively in the mouth, with nicely integrated acidity energizing the lime leaf and tangerine zest flavors. Finishes very long and brisk. This is just beginning to express itself. According to winemaker Frédéric Weber, Bouchard produced just 18 to 20 hectoliters per hectare in both Chevalier-Montrachet and La Cabotte. (ST)  (9/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Sleek and tangy, with lemon, spiced apple, vanilla and toasty notes. Tightens up, echoing lemon and spice details on the finish. With air, this evokes a floral accent and becomes harmonious. Almost enjoyable now. (BS)  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

92 pts Jasper Morris, MW: "Domaine. They were badly affected on the higher terraces, overall a half crop. Light faint colour, with a beautiful and quite exotic nose suggesting eau de vie de poire and some muscat notes. Then barrel toast, then white fruit, plenty going on here but it needs time to settle down." (01/2018)

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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.