Bouchard Pere & Fils Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte 2006
Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
The bouquet is distinguished with scents of flowers and tropical fruit. Complex and rich, without heaviness, this wine is a model of elegance and refinement. Very good ageing potential.
"A monolithic version, showing weight and a chewy texture, with concentration and length. It's less expressive, yet the lime, apricot, mineral and vanilla notes are set against a vibrant structure. The finish is its best feature at the moment, so be patient. Best from 2012 through 2028. 20 cases imported. "
"There's an initial intense citrus character to this wine, a product of its youth. But then the freshness is enriched by the pear and green apple flavors, lifted by lively acidity. There are some almond and peach flavors to give an exotic touch to this superb wine that could age for a decade or more."
"Pure, reticent aromas of lemon, crushed stone and minerals. Tactile and lush, with an almost exotic quality to the sweet fruit, and yet this conveys an almost magically light touch. More Chevalier than Montrachet in style-no mean feat for this vintage. Finishes with terrific length and thrust."
International Wine Cellar
"Reflecting a terrace adjacent to Le Montrachet (and for which Bouchard has in fact appealed the classification), the 2006 Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte sacrifices some of the brightness and elegance of the "regular" bottling for the sake of even more enveloping richness, amplitude, and sheer density. A bitter-sweet amalgam of over-ripe peach, plum, litchi, fruit pits, candied citrus, and toasted nuts is noticeably marked by the vanilla of new wood, and while the finish is formidable, it lacks the refinement, elegance, or mineral intrigue of its immediate sibling. Time will probably continue to take these two Chevalier Montrachet bottlings ever-further apart, with the Cabotte displaying the kinship with its yet more famous neighbor. Certainly a comparison any time over at least the next dozen years would prove fascinating for those few wine lovers who can afford it. Range: 93-94
The Wine Advocate
WOW! This Chardonnay was amazing!
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