Domaine Leflaive   Chevalier Montrachet

2014 Chevalier Montrachet

By Domaine Leflaive

2012 Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive, Burgundy, France

The 2012 vintages from Burgundy are illustrious for their grace under pressure, having emerged triumphantly from a season bedeviled by climatic caprice. Among these swans is the 2012 Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive. As revered beacons of Burgundian Chardonnay, Domaine Leflaive's offerings are paradigmatic of both region and varietal, and on this canvas of challenge, the 2012 rendition by the esteemed estate is a testament to the art of wine and the resilience of its terroir.


Rarity Defined: Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Vintage Specifics

Embodying an unwavering fortitude, the 2012 vintage presents a concentrated and endlessly complex profile. Amidst the strife of hail storms and erratic blossoming conditions that year, the fruits borne were limited in yield, yet exceptional in quality – a veritable boon for fine wine investors seeking distinct exclusivity.

On first approach, expect a ballet of aromatics ranging from ripe orchard fruits to subtler strokes of minerality and florality. This vintage intertwines honeyed citrus zest with toasted almond whispers, offering a palate that echoes with tension between richness and precision – a distinction that 2012 notably accentuates.


Investment Potential: A Collector's Delight

The formidable ageing potential of the 2012 Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet ties seamlessly with its investment allure. With its poised evolution observed over time, this vintage matures with captivating nuances, further securing its allure among collectors and connoisseurs alike. Its stoic scarcity only propels its cachet in the echelons of fine wine investment.

In summation, the 2012 Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive is an articulate reflection of both its origins and the indomitable spirit of its creation. It remains an emblematic choice for those curating a portfolio with wines that narrate a story – for each bottle cradles within it a chapter of Burgundy's 2012 odyssey. The astute investor will not overlook the merit in acquiring such a compelling testament to wine's enduring legacy.

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Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting, Leflaive's 2014 Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru has a compelling bouquet that is full of flint and wet limestone scents, a subtle marine influence (seaweed and cockle shells perhaps?) filtering through with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, precise and very saline, fanning out with immense precision and poise on the finish. This is one of the standout wines of the vintage.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 31 October 2017

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