An ultra-pure and high-toned nose of wet stone, spiced pear and acacia blossom gives way to even stonier and quite finely detailed broad-shouldered flavors that despite their significant size and weight, are crystalline in their transparency. This very much seems to be built on a base of liquid limestone with impeccable balance and flat out stunning persistence. This is a "wow" wine that will definitely age as the acid support is very firm, particularly for the vintage. Drink: 2019+.
"One of the greatest white wine domaines in Burgundy" remarked Clive Coates.The vineyards steeped in history, the current generation - Anne-Claude Leflaive - can look back to 1717 for the first Leflaive family occupation of the farm buildings that they use today. The domaine was created by Anne-Claude's grandfather, Joseph, who came to Burgundy in 1905. Anne-Claudecontinues the legacy with new vigour and particular attention to biodynamics. In 1997 Anne-Claud took the whole domaine fully biodynamic, after very successful blind tastings the year before, comparing biodynamically produced wine and organic wine from adjacent vines.
Chevalier-Montrachet is a tiny Grand Cru appellation for white wine situated on the stony slopes just above Le Montrachet towards the southern end of the Cote d'Or. The wines are exceptional, if slightly lighter in style than their neighbour down the hill.