Domaine Leflaive   Chevalier Montrachet

2006 Chevalier Montrachet

By Domaine Leflaive

2004 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive, Burgundy, France

The year 2004 in Burgundy was met with both challenges and surprises. With an unusual yet fortuitous growing season, the white wines in particular have demonstrated impressive resilience and complexity. Particularly, the 2004 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive intrigues with its distinct personality shaped by the year's climatic nuances.


A Vintage That Defied Expectations

The 2004 vintage across Burgundy experienced a capricious climate during the growing season, cultivating conditions that required exceptional vinicultural prowess. Domaine Leflaive's mastery resonated through these difficulties to produce a wine of intricate balance. The characteristic minerality of the Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet parcel was unwaveringly preserved, yet presented with a linearity that can only be attributed to this specific vintage.


A Fusion of Delicacy and Structure

On the palate, this 2004 offering exudes a juxtaposition of delicate floral tones against a backdrop of structured acidity; a testament to its terroir-driven focus. Nuances of citrus blossom, interwoven with accents of almond and honeysuckle, reveal a subtle undercurrent of oak. These are mature following the precision and care taken during the fermentation and aging in barrel, rendering the wine amenable to further cellaring or immediate enjoyment.

For the astute investor, tracking bottle variation in such a mercurial vintage proves essential. The 2004 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive suggests a rewarding investment for those who revere the idiosyncrasies of nature's role in winemaking. It personifies not just the celebrated quality of Leflaive’s crafts but is a marker for that unconventional season in Burgundy—possessing both narrative and longevity.


A Crescendo of Investment and Pleasure

The crescendo for collectors is clear: capturing an expression like the 2004 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet by Domaine Leflaive cements one's portfolio with depth, variety, and intrigue. With every sip filled with tales of agrarian heroism and artisanal mastery, it stands as a cultivated alliance between wine investment curiosity and olfactory delight.

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After my review of a reconditioned bottle last year, this encounter with Domaine Leflaive's 2006 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru was a salutary reminder of the reality consumers experience with this estate's wines in the late 2000s and early 2010s—and above all in the 2006 vintage. Entirely oxidized, the wine was undrinkable.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 30 April 2021

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