Chevalier Montrachet la Cabotte, Bouchard Père et Fils 2011
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A soft touch of wood still allows the ripe yet very fresh aromas of apple, acacia, anise and citrus blossom to clearly be appreciated. There is noteworthy power, size, weight and muscle to the palate staining and concentrated large-scaled flavors that display an impressive amount of dry extract, all wrapped in a textured and hugely long finish. This is impeccably well-balanced and despite all of the imposing size and weight, there is absolutely no trace of heaviness. This should amply reward medium to even longer-term cellaring.
|Score: 94||Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (51), June 2013|
Pale, bright yellow. A meaty nuance mostly blew off to reveal complex scents of orange peel, dried apricot, almond, caramel and spicecake. Rich and sweet but with excellent acid cut to the dense flavors of citrus fruits, spices and crushed-stone minerality. Really echoes and builds on the back end, saturating the palate without leaving any impression of heaviness. Give this some time in a decanter or, better yet, lay it down for five or six years. An outstanding showing.
|Score: 94+||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (170), September 2013|
Paler yellow than the "regular" Chevalier-Montrachet, showing a distinct green tinge. Precise aromas of lime and crushed stone. More reserved and opulent than the Chevalier today but purer and higher-pitched, boasting outstanding precision to its citrus and floral flavors. Really superb energy here. Best today on the very long, saline finish, which saturates the palate with liquid stone.
|Score: 93/95||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, September 2012|
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