Domaine Bouchard Pere & Fils – 2012 – Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru

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Youthful pale straw yellow, slight hint of green. Very fine nose, good intensity , good purity, very fine oak there, and layers of fruit. First of all it’s showing off minerals, minerality, wet stone, hazelnut, white flower; and the fruit quality is almost tropical here, not too flamboyant but really nicely ripe yellow fruit. Good depth on this one. Excellent bite, really really full bodied, really mouthwatering in terms of freshness, very persistent flavours. Oak is perfectly integrated, it’s giving off yellow stone fruit flavours, with those roasted nuts and fine spices all along. Really fine precision, and I’m always impressed at how a wine this level manages to combine that opulent rich texture, but still with that bone dry austere firm acidity. Really really well-made, with excellent élevage, very fine oak. Excellent length, really beautiful, really keeps lingering for a very very long time. Obviously it’s a wine of great pedigree, and maybe it’s a shame to enjoy it young, but I think it’s very tempting due to that power, that freshness, and that multitude of flavours and aromas you can get in there. Obviously it’s a wine with a very long potential in the cellar as well, but I already find this bloody delicious today. Could I have a lobster please?

Tasted by the Best Sommelier of the World, Andreas Larsson.