2007 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

Year: 2007
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 96
Burghound: 96
White Wine
Price :
$425.00
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"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." (WS)

"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.

Departing from the script of most vignerons I visited, Leflaive cellar master Eric Remy (who took over last year from Pierre Morey, with whom he has worked for several years) claimed his 2007 fruit – which he began picking September 1 – harbored a 2:1 ratio of tartaric to malic acidity (whereas, he adds, it was close to reversed in 2007). While some crop was lost to hail – particularly in Chevalier-Montrachet – Remy did not think this affected quality, and he had the same attitude toward mildew (combated here with biodynamic methods), which he said did not compromise the fruit. Alcohol levels largely hover below 14%, that is to say lower – regardless of cru – than any of the 2006s." (WA)

"($550) 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." (IWC)

"A strikingly complex nose that is even more complex than that of the Bâtard as there is a great breadth of aromas to the ripe, pure and airy nose of white flower, spice and subtle pear aromas that complement to perfection the rich and mouth coating flavors 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 almost as powerful as the Bâtard but as one would expect, finer and even a bit longer 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." (BH)