2003 Domaine Michel Niellon Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru

Year: 2003
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 90
Burghound: 91
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"Bold and lush, this intense white evokes caramel and butterscotch, matched to a soft structure. Plenty of muscle, but comes off a little flat on the finish. Drink now through 2012. 50 cases imported." (WS)

"There is lovely aromatic depth to the liqueur of mineral and spice-laden nose of the 2003 Chevalier-Montrachet (white). Toasted nuts, smoky minerals, spices, and hints of oak can be detected in its lush personality. This velvety-textured wine is medium-bodied, well-balanced, and has admirable depth yet reveals a slight alcoholic warmth in the finish that prevented an outstanding score. Projected maturity: now-2011." (WA)

"Slightly oily aromas of pear, wet stone and spices. Spicy and sweet, with sound, ripe acidity giving the concentrated flavors very good clarity and thrust. Finishes with good subtle persistence. This is distinctly firmer and more convincing than a sample I tasted from barrel a year ago." (IWC)

"(from a .22 ha parcel of vines planted in ?62 and ?68). As it usually does, this possesses the most elegant nose of the range with wonderfully complex and subtle spicy gorgeous white flower fruit aromas framed by a background note of vanilla and pain grill? that perfectly complements the concentrated but precise medium full flavors where the usually prominent minerality is somewhat muted. This is a good deal more powerful than it normally is but there is outstanding depth and serious length. In short, fans of this wine will not find what they normally do but it?s still most impressive, just different. 91/2008+" (BH)