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. Drink Date 2020 - 2045
There is a touch of mineral reduction that adds breadth to the wonderfully elegant and ultra-pure nose of various citrus and floral elements that are trimmed in just enough wood treatment to notice. There is a gorgeously refined mouth feel to the chiseled, intense and palate staining medium weight plus flavors that display an almost pungent minerality on the cool, harmonious and hugely long finish that is dry but remarkably not the least bit austere. This stunningly good effort is Zen-like in its sense of completeness and 2014 should make for one of the future great vintages of this storied wine. Note though that it is presently very structured and is going to require plenty of cellar time.