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2009 Vincent Girardin Chevalier-Montrachet

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased from a private collector

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased from a private collector

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RATINGS

92-95Stephen Tanzer

Ineffable high-pitched aromas of lemon, lime, lavender, licorice, fresh herbs and crushed stone. Densely packed and minerally, with juicy ripe acidity and captivating floral lift leavening the wine's surprising sweetness. Wonderfully creamy

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet

Chevalier-Montrachet is one of the four justly famous Grand Cru Chardonnay vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet appellation in Burgundy. The 18-acre vineyard is located up the slope from Le Montrachet and shares Le Montrachet’s excellent southern exposure, though Chevalier-Montrachet’s soil is considerably thinner and more rocky. Burgundy writer Clive Coates has noted that Chevalier-Montrachet is “full, firm” and has “a great deal of depth and elegance.” The largest landholders are Bouchard Pere et Fils, 7.5 acres; Leflaive, 4 acres; and Louis Jadot, 1.5 acres.

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay, Grand Cru

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.