Domaine Leflaive   Chevalier Montrachet

2016 Chevalier Montrachet

By Domaine Leflaive

2014 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive, Burgundy, France

Vintage reports often sing of challenges and triumphs, and the year 2014 in Burgundy was no different. A vintage marked by hale storms yet ultimately blessed by an Indian summer, it coaxed from the vines a limited yield of exceptional quality. The 2014 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive is a pinnacle representation of this dramatic turnabout.

 

A Vintage To Remember: 2014 Unique Traits

True to its pedigree, the 2014 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet captivates with both finesse and power. The hallmark minerality of the Montrachet terroir is elevated by the year's climatic idiosyncrasies; its flint and stone core wrapped in a sumptuous cloak of ripe stone fruits and white florals. The cool climate ensured a steady ripening period, which translates into a wine with an ethereal balance between acidity and ripeness - a lighthouse beacon for any fine wine investor seeking poised Chardonnay from Burgundy.

 

Eminence in Investment

Domaine Leflaive’s profound commitment to biodynamic farming practices primes their vineyards to thrive even amidst the vagaries of nature, making their vintages resilient and outstanding. The 2014 iteration of their esteemed Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet speaks clearly of their philosophy. Silken-textured yet intricately structured, with a finish that echoes through the corridors of one’s palate, unlocking further layers with each revisit.

Notably age-worthy, it presents a confident case for both immediate gratification and long-term cellaring. Investors will find solace in this wine's potential for evolution, as well as its consistent market desirability.

 

The Epitome of 2014 in a Glass

Regal yet unassuming, the 2014 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet from Domaine Leflaive encapsulates not just the essence of its storied vineyards but also the singular spirit of its vintage. It serves not simply as an investment opportunity but also as a wearable jewel for the collector's cellar - complex, captivating and charismatic. And just like fine jewellery, it promises to adorn many memorable moments now and in decades to come.

Current market price

$25,900.00

12x75cl

Highest score

93

POP score

1196.92

Scores and tasting notes

92-94

The 2016 Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru, like the other of Leflaive’s grand crus, was affected by the frost. This takes time to open but eventually reveals some lovely yellow flower, flint and oyster shell aromas that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is understated on the entry with a fine bead of acidity, but maybe the Bâtard-Montrachet demonstrated a little more drive and nervosité. There is something sedate about this Chevalier-Montrachet, with a lovely touch of spice on the aftertaste.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 December 2017

Vintage performance