eRobertParker.com #202 Aug 2012 - Antonio Galloni - The 2009 Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles is utterly seamless. As inviting as the Chevalier is today, it is also very, very young and years away from offering its finest drinking. White flowers, pears and slate inform the taut, energetic finish. The personality of the vintage comes through, but there is more than enough buffering acidity to balance the overtness of the fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2014+.
- Country: France
- Wine Region: Burgundy
- Wine Maker: Jacques Lardiere
- Grape: Chardonnay
- Grape Percentage: 100%
- Unit Quantity (ml): 750
- Best To Drink: 2014+
The vineyard of Chevalier-Montrachet is situated immediately above the portion of Le Montrachet lying in Puligny, and directly borders Chassagne. It covers 18 acres producing an extremely limited yield of 23,000 bottles of wine in an average year, or slightly over half the legal yield per hectare. Within this grand cru climat is the "Les Demoiselles" vineyard, a 2.56 acre parcel which was purchased in 1794 by the first members of Louis Henry Denis Jadot's family to arrive in Beaune from Belgium. It remained among the Jadot properties until 1887, when, due to a deed of division, it passed out of the family's hands. Several years afterward it was reacquired through a joint-purchase effort initiated by Louis Jadot and Louis Latour. Still today, the two Domaines remain equal owners of Les Demoiselles. From its 1.29 acres of vines in Les Demoiselles, Maison Louis Jadot produces limited quantities of this exquisite grand cru, which in many vintages equals or surpasses Le Montrachet in concentration and complexity. Its limpid, golden color and penetrating fragrance of toast and honey predict the rich, mellow fruit flavors, velvety elegance and intense finish of this wine of exceptional grace and breed.
Louis Jadot, founded in 1859, is one of the most important négociants to consider when purchasing the wines of Burgundy. The firm produces an amazing number of cuvees each year, which range from generic Bourgogne as well as Beaujolais, right up to top of the class examples from a number of Grand Cru vineyards including Bonnes Mares, Clos de Bèze and Chapelle-Chambertin, to name just three..
Fine, gentle nose followed by a sluice of concentrated lemon fruit and plenty of mineral backup. Austere, lofty, aristocratic. (RH)
Jan/Feb '11 by Stephen Tanzer - Pale straw-yellow color. Utterly captivating nose combines white plum, anisette, crushed stone, medicinal herbs, fresh hazelnut, almond, marzipan and white pepper. Powerful, dense and seamless, with terrific fruit intensity and violet lift. Beautifully balanced, suave, rich Chevalier-Montrachet with with a very long, mounting finish. Lardiere prefers this wine to the 2008 and believes it will age for a long time.
A background note of wood mixes with ripe citrus and airy white flower aromas that are liberally sprinkled with wet stone notes that continue onto the rich, fleshy and mouth coating large-bodied and dense flavors that brim with a fine minerality on the explosive finish. Like a number of wines in the range, 2009 is not the most elegant of vintages for this storied wine but it is most impressive all the same.