2017 Domaine Jean Chartron Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru "Clos des Chevaliers" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1436988 96 points John Gilman

 Jean-Michel Chartron’s 2017 Clos des Chevaliers was one of the most stunning examples of the vintage that I tasted during my three weeks in the region. The bouquet is deep, pure and shows beautiful intensity of flavor in its constellation of pear, apple, crème patissière, fresh almond, a magically complex base of chalky minerality, white flowers and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and very, very refined, with a lovely core of fruit, superb soil inflection, racy acids and outstanding length and grip on the gorgeous finish. This is quite ripe in 2017, coming in at 13.6 percent natural alcohol in this vintage, but is seamlessly balanced and shows no signs of pushing the envelope. A great, great bottle of Chevalier in the making.  (12/2018)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Chartron's greatest wine is the 2017 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Clos des Chevaliers, an immensely promising effort that wafts from the glass with aromas of citrus oil, mandarin, dried white flowers, crisp Anjou pear, pastry cream and a deft framing of new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and structured, with superb concentration, excellent tension at the core, brisk acids, chalky dry extract and a long, mineral finish. This is an impeccably balanced Chevalier-Montrachet that can stand alongside the vintage's best. Note that Chartron will also be releasing a small barrel selection as a 'Cuvée Centennaire' to commemorate the acquisition of this clos in 1917. (WK)  (1/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator

 An angular feel makes this white distinctive, with bracing acidity driving the peach, apple tart and baking spice flavors. Intense and balanced, this needs a year or two to hit its stride. Offers a fine, minerally finish. (BS, Web Only-2019)

93-95 points Vinous

 My sample of the 2017 Chevalier-Montrachet Clos de Chevaliers Grand Cru comes from a 2-year old Damy barrel that will go into the regular cuvée i.e. not from the oldest vines. It has an attractive bouquet, albeit without the penetration and mineral drive of the Cuvée Centenaire. The palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity, quite saline in the mouth with touches of blackcurrant leaf and liquorish emerging towards the finish. Very fine. (NM)  (1/2019)

K&L Notes

94-96 points Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy: "Slightly paler colour, and less oak to the nose compared to the Séléction Centenaire. But the oak shows more on the palate making the wine a little bit chunky. This may be temporary though, reversible when the wine comes out of barrel. It does have a good depth of flavour though with yellow fruit and flowers behind. Tasted: October 2018." (1/2019)

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- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.