In contrast to the 2014 Bâtard, the Chevalier-Montrachet had not yet been racked and was in perfect shape for tasting. The wine is utterly brilliant this year, soaring from the glass in a magical mélange of pear, apple, chalky minerality, a touch of citrus oil, incipient notes of crème patissière, vanillin oak and a beautiful topnote of lemon blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with vibrant acids, laser-like focus, stunning complexity and great length and grip on the utterly seamless finish. This finishes like a dream and I am fully aware of the crime I committed in spitting this magical young wine! (Drink between 2022-2060)
"There are two barrels one new and one old of the 2014 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru this year. Like the Bâtard the nose is tight and reticent at the moment despite rigorous aeration. The palate is crisp and tensile on the entry perhaps more nuanced than the Bâtard with very discrete white peach and nectarine notes. But it is the tension the almost coruscating sense of energy here that bowls you over. With superb persistence in the mouth this is another spellbinding wine from Alex Moreau."
"A pungent nose consists only of wood and reduction today though again I suspect that this will have no trouble cleaning up. The mouth feel of the gorgeously intense and mineral-driven flavors is finer than that of the BÃ¢tard though at the expense of a bit less power on the mouth coating and hugely long finish. This classy and very stylish effort is also clearly built-to-age and should thoroughly repay extended keeping if desired."
"Pale lemon-yellow color. Pungent aromas of lemon zest and crushed stone. Voluminous on the attack then densely packed and energetic in the mid-palate showing salty minerality sexy restrained sweetness and a more floral character than the Batard. More accessible on the back half than the Batard and not at all austere with the savory finish mounting slowly and lingering well. This seamless complete wine shows the class of the 2014 vintage."