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2011 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet
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95(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2013

Subdued but pure aromas of pineapple, crushed rock and white flowers; less fruity today than the Bienvenue or Batard.  Then fat and ripe but with terrific verve to the mineral and spice flavors.  With a few minutes in the glass, this highly concentrated, electric wine came across as more tightly coiled, with its energy and cut becoming more apparent.  Most impressive today on the extremely long, perfumed back end, which leaves the palate vibrating under a layer of mineral dust.  Winemaker Remy says he wouldn't start drinking this wine for 12 years.

96 Points | Wine Spectator

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