Chevalier Montrachet 2016

Chevalier Montrachet / Bouchard Pere & Fils

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Tasting Notes

Pale, bright yellow. Yellow fruits and a smoky, flinty element on the rather subdued, slightly reduced nose; not showing the ineffable floral high notes it displayed from barrel a year ago. Utterly fine-grained and seamless on the palate, with its sweet yellow fruit flavors displaying noteworthy volume without any excess weight. A year ago this wine showed a lighter touch than the Cabotte in spite of its creaminess of texture but today it stands out for its almost glyceral depth and sweetness with firm framing minerality. A ripe, rich, substantial Chevalier-Montrachet without any obvious austerity. Finishes with slowly building, dusty length, excellent depth of texture and intriguing notes of soft citrus zest. This wine will give pleasure earlier than the Cabotte but has the stuffing to last well.

Score: 93

Stephen Tanzer, Maturity: 2023-2031 01 September 2018

(alcohol in the high 13s; almost finished with its malolactic fermentation): 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.

Score: 92 - 95

Stephen Tanzer, 01 September 2017

An elegant, ripe and airy blend is composed by notes of citrus, floral, white orchard fruit and a whiff of mineral reduction. The sleeker if less muscular big-bodied flavors possess exceptionally good complexity on the sappy, lingering and stony finale that is a bit less structured than the Corton-Charlemagne. Classy and impressive and this is a Chevalier that should drink reasonably well young if that's your preference.

Score: 94

Allen Meadows, Burghound Maturity: 2026+ 15 June 2018

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. Best from 2020 through 2029.

Score: 93

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2020-2029 06 June 2018

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.

Score: 94 - 96

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2020-2045 29 December 2017