2005 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet

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  • Chardonnay
  • 750ML
  • W&S 98
  • WS 97
  • BH 97
  • NM 96
  • IWC 95

Reviews for 2005 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet

W&S 98
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, December 2007
This is a great vintage from Domaine Leflaive, which owns 4.92 acres in Chevalier, including a significant portion of vines dating to the 1950s. This 2005 is marked by the concentration of a smaller-than-average harvest... This is a great vintage from Domaine Leflaive, which owns 4.92 acres in Chevalier, including a significant portion of vines dating to the 1950s. This 2005 is marked by the concentration of a smaller-than-average harvest (cool weather during flowering caused poor or uneven fruit set). The season was dry, the grapes harvested on the 20th and 21st of September, fruit days on the biodynamic calendar, following several days of north winds and sunshine that peaked the fruit ripeness. The beneficent conditions and the care with which estate manager Pierre Morey and Anne-Claude Leflaive farm their vines resulted in this brilliant Chevalier. It shows an aristocratic finesse from the moment the bottle is opened. The wine's power and dynamic intensity make it hard to resist, as if it went beyond perfect balance and form to sustain the energy of the fruit in the glass. The taste is little more than a caress that lasts for minutes, bringing idealized images of Burgundy to mind: the sun on a hillside of yellow herbs growing between the vines, the roots working their way through minerals in the soil, a cool limestone cellar where wine rests in oak. The elegance that comes from Chevalier's high point on the hill separates it from Domaine Leflaive's more broad-shouldered Bâtard, the distinction amplified in this vintage. Both are wines to enjoy for decades to come.
WS 97
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2008
Elegant and creamy in texture this exhibits citronella peach floral and mineral aromas and flavors all nicely layered. Still a touch raw on the finish yet all the elements are well-proportioned so give this another few... Elegant and creamy in texture this exhibits citronella peach floral and mineral aromas and flavors all nicely layered. Still a touch raw on the finish yet all the elements are well-proportioned so give this another few years to fully integrate. Best from 2010 through 2022. 104 cases imported. –BS
BH 97
Burghound - Burghound, March 2012
An ultra pure and still somewhat reserved nose of rose petal, anise, white peach and pear aromas that also display subtle hints of stone and smoke that dissolve seamlessly into unusually big and rich flavors that possess... An ultra pure and still somewhat reserved nose of rose petal, anise, white peach and pear aromas that also display subtle hints of stone and smoke that dissolve seamlessly into unusually big and rich flavors that possess real size, weight and muscle, indeed this is almost Bâtard-like in its sheer volume, all wrapped in a deeply concentrated and wonderfully stony finish that is both impressively explosive and strikingly long. While it's a much bigger and denser version, the flavors positively vibrate in the mouth and it is this sense of barely restrained energy that reminds me a lot of the 1996 at the same stage of development. This remains an exceptionally promising Chevy though 6 years of development have now allowed this to at least become enjoyable and while there is still plenty of upside remaining, this could be enjoyed now if desired.
NM 96
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, December 2007
(NM95-96 points) A lovely, beautifully defined nose of apple, minerals, orange-blossom and limestone. Lifted and very fragrant. The palate is very reserved, very intense with great balance and vivacity. This wine is... (NM95-96 points) A lovely, beautifully defined nose of apple, minerals, orange-blossom and limestone. Lifted and very fragrant. The palate is very reserved, very intense with great balance and vivacity. This wine is giving very little away at this juncture, just says, “You have to wait!” But the minerally finish augurs for a great Chevalier. Drinking 2012-2020.
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, September 2007
95+ Bright pale yellow. Knockout nose combines citrus and stone fruits flint acacia flower and a leesy nuance. Extraordinarily dense and tactile on the palate with uncanny clarity and energy to the flavors of white peach... 95+ Bright pale yellow. Knockout nose combines citrus and stone fruits flint acacia flower and a leesy nuance. Extraordinarily dense and tactile on the palate with uncanny clarity and energy to the flavors of white peach lemon wet stone and flint. A great stony expression with great thrust and persistence and an almost weightless impression. The palate-saturating finishing flavor of dusty stone is almost painful. I love this style. This was bottled just ten days ago and will almost certainly shut down in the bottle for a long time.