Another of this tasting's highlights was the 1992 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru, an exotically aromatic vintage of this great wine that bursts from the glass with scents of fresh peaches, vine and citrus blossom, pear, mandarin oil and frangipane. It's full-bodied, broad and satiny, with an ample and envelopingly textural profile that displays considerable mid-palate volume, impressive depth and concentration and a long, precise finish. Produced from fully ripe, golden-hued grapes, the 1992's aromas could easily give the impression that the wine saw a little botrytis, yet I'm assured that this wasn't the case. By the numbers, it attained a pH of 3.08 and 14% alcohol—making it both lower in alcohol and lower in pH than both the 1990 and 1989—yet given this Chevalier's exotic character and extravagantly expressive style, the inverse could easily be imagined. (WK)
Full copper-yellow color. Exotic, musky aromas of ripe apricot, brown spices, hazelnut and frangipane; not a particularly mineral style. Thick verging on heavy on entry but pulled back from the brink by terrific spicy acidity. This wine is fully mature but should go on for another decade owing to its remarkable solidity and piquant notes of crystallized lemon peel and orange zest. Really serious opulence and palate presence here, that much more impressive considering that the yield was a healthy 40 to 45 hectoliters per hectare. Finishes with incredible, slowly building length and an intriguing balsamic note; it's hard to scrape this powerfully structured wine off the palate. (14.2% alcohol; 3.08 pH; September 7 harvest; made from golden raisins picked without botrytis, according to Morandière) (ST)
A clearly outstanding wine that's chock full of flavor and liberally spiced with toasty oak. This is a full-bodied, white Burgundy. The lingering, expanding aftertaste is a hallmark of quality.
This hadn't come my way since 2010 but it is still holding well with its expressive nose of white flowers that is cut with exotic tropical notes of mango, coconut, ripe pear and passion fruit. The rich, dense, sappy and mouth coating flavors still exhibit impressive length on the ever-so-mildly warm finish. This is perhaps not an entirely classic Chevalier as it's a bit too ripe and forward but that said, there is plenty of minerality. Overall I would be inclined to drink up though a few more years of cellaring won't hurt anything. Tasted many times with consistent notes.
Pale gold. Not much nose – a certain sweetness but less well formed than the 1993 – a bit duller and less vivacious. Heat here but a lack of refinement. Big and bold – probably good with food. Savoury finish. Very long. 17/20 points. (JR)
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