Got together with a few of the guys to pop some bottles. Had a little mini tasting of some fine Chevalier Montrachets from the 04 vintage and a side by side comparison of 01/04 Leflaive Batard Monty. Started off with a nice fleshy bottle of 04 Tattinger Comte Rose. Capped off the night with a bottle of sake. Glad we had a taxi.
My wines of the night are
- 04 henri boillot chev monty
- 01 leflaive batard monty
- 04 Niellon Chev Monty
- 04 Bouchard Chev Monty
- 04 Leflaive Batard monty
2001 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru (10/9/2012)
I really gotta say, Leflaive knocked it the F out of the park in 2001. Their batard is wonderfully balanced and borders on pretty and masculine and just teeters the edge of both (leaning a bit broader). Long intense flavors of juicy lemon and apple with waves of acid as it all blends into this soft waxy texture.
2004 Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru (10/9/2012)
Clean pure (albeit a touch lean) stone fruit flavors flow softly on the palate. Initially showed a touch of oak on the nose but it opened up to pretty white flowers and peaches. Finish was decent and the wine was enjoyable but it was overshadowed by the other two Chev Monty’s on the table as it was pretty moderate in all of its flavors.
2004 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru (10/9/2012)
When it first opened it was throwing off all kinds of notes of reduction and over use of sulfur. The bottle had to sit over 2 hours to really bring out the power that 04 leflaive typically delivers. Powerful tropical fruit mixed in with slight reductive flavors, the palate is pretty intense, but the reductiveness throws it off a bit. Not sure how it’s gonna evolve.
2004 Domaine Michel Niellon Chevalier-Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru (10/9/2012)
My goodness, if you’re looking for softness in texture and purity in fruit, this wine has it in spades. Stark contrast to the smack you in the face power of the Henri Boillot, this is more a slim sexy gal seducing your tastebuds. A touch of vanilla to give it some intrigue and waves of textured apple and white peach. Very pretty wine.
2004 Henri Boillot Chevalier-Montrachet - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru (10/9/2012)
Power, intensity, concentration and balance, hallmarks of what I love in profound white burgundy and definitely apply to this wine. Long zesty finish with a palate full of pineapple, peaches and apples. The attack on the palate is so powerful and concentrated as the flavors slap you inside your mouth and just lingers on the palate. Rich bright texture that livens the taste buds. Incredible wine. my WOTN
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