Bright yellow. Sexy, complex nose offers aromas of lemon drop, wild herbs and oatmeal. Rather large-scaled and fat but at the same time quite dry and backward for this grand cru, showing good limey citricity to its flavors of crushed rock and wild herbs. Quite unevolved but a bit plump, even heavy, for this wine, with its long finish showing a slightly aggressive character. Only time will tell if this Chevalier has the inherent class to merit a score at the high end of my projected range.
Robert Parker 91-93
“The 2016 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru was touched 40% by frost and what survived matured in 20-25% new oak. It had a subtle bouquet at first and required coaxing from the glass, eventually revealing lovely scents of linseed, citrus peel and cold wet stone, later a subtle sea spray scent. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, fine salinity in the mouth with impressive depth, although I would like to see more terroir and mineralité on the last third. Hopefully that will manifest by the time this is in bottle.”
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2045