Domaine D'Auvenay Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru 2009
1 or more bottles$6,900.00
Wine and Spirit98* points
Allen Meadows96 points
Robert Parker96 points
An ultra-pure and high-toned nose of mineral-based reduction, spiced pear and acacia blossom gives way to overtly stony and quite finely detailed broad-shouldered flavors that despite their significant size and weight, are crystalline in their transparency. This very much seems to be built on a base of liquid limestone with impeccable balance and flat out stunning persistence. This is a "wow" wine of both volume and finesse that will definitely age as the acid support is very firm, particularly for the vintage, in fact the intensity of the finish is almost painful
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Wine and Spirits Magazine98*
"Domaine Leflaive farms three adjacent parcels in Chevalier, totaling 4.92 acres of vines; the plantings range from the mid-1950s to 1980. It’s a significant holding at the top of the Montrachet hill, as much for its size as for the wines Leflaive’s team consistently produces from the site. This vintage is more concentrated, or perhaps more saturated with ripe flavors than usual, the heat of August powering the vines to an early harvest. Still, from the moment it’s first poured, that extract has a sunny purity, an umami fragrance of the earth and a lemon blossom honey scent that feigns sweetness later revealed as savory richness in a finish that raises this wine into another realm. Chevalier’s aristocratic soil comes into vivid focus over the course of several days through a scrim of silk. Prepare for your knees to melt and your heart to race as the wine reboots the balance of your senses. Or just enjoy it for what it is: A gracious grand cru, perfectly formed, with the detail of a pointillist painting that will come into focus over the next ten to fifteen years."
"An ultra-pure and high-toned nose of mineral-based reduction, spiced pear and acacia blossom gives way to overtly stony and quite finely detailed broad-shouldered flavors that despite their significant size and weight, are crystalline in their transparency. This very much seems to be built on a base of liquid limestone with impeccable balance and flat out stunning persistence. This is a "wow" wine of both volume and finesse that will definitely age as the acid support is very firm, particularly for the vintage, in fact the intensity of the finish is almost painful."
"The 2009 Chevalier-Montrachet seems to combine elements of the Bienvenues and Batard. An open, floral bouquet melds into in sweet fruit, white flowers and the essence of crushed rocks. The Chevalier possesses striking inner perfume and fabulous balance as it wraps around the palate in stunning style. Leflaive's parcels are located on the higher parts of the slope. 2019+"
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.
There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
Chevalier-Montrachet is a Grand Cru vineyard for white wines only (Chardonnay) in the Côte de Beaune wine-producing region at the southern end of the Côte d’Or in Burgundy, France. It received its Grand Cru status in 1937. At an altitude of 300 metres above sea level, it is the highest Grand Cru site in the commune of Puligny-Montrachet. The vineyard spans roughly 7.3 hectares and grows in well-draining limestone and marl soils. The results of this unique terroir are typically high-quality, intense, and concentrated fruit and more complex, well-balanced wines. Chevalier-Montrachet Chardonnays are well-structured, full-bodied, exceptional, and age-worthy expressions of this grape variety.
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About the brand Domaine d'AuvenayThis is the personal domaine of Lalou Bize-Leroy, based in Saint Romain. It has village and premier cru vineyards in Meursault, Auxey-Duresses and Puligny, plus the grands crus of Chevalier-Montrachet, Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet, Bonnes-Mares and Mazis-Chambertin.
After several years now working with Lalou, we are only just starting to see the fruits of our labour by being offered a tiny parcel of d’Auvenay wines (no more than a dozen or so bottles of each) alongside those of Domaine Leroy. Admirers of Coche-Dury or Domaine Leflaive (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) would be well advised to take a very serious look at these d’Auvenays