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Tasting Notes for Chevalier Montrachet - Leflaive, Domaine, 2000:
The aromatically intense 2000 Chevalier-Montrachet boasts toasted mineral scents. This medium-bodied wine is vinous, deep, and packed with floral, mineral flavors.
Wine Advocate # 138 Dec 2001
Parker Points: 91-93
Drinking Period: 2003-2013
Tasting Notes for Corton Charlemagne - Coche Dury, 1996:
The full-bodied Corton-Charlemagne, displaying unbelievable depth to its spicy pear, white peach and floral aromas, is an awesomely rich as well as perfectly delineated and balanced wine. This oily-textured tour de force has an embracing, almost enveloping, flavor profile crammed with intense stones, minerals, super-ripe pears, waves of nuts and minerals, and touches of grilled toast. The taster's palate is held prisoner by the interminable layers and layers of concentrated, highly-extracted, and powerful fruit that roll across it, each sublimely defined and focused by this wine's racy acidity. This show-stopper should reach its peak by 2003 and hold it through 2010.
The rating, with the range of scores in parentheses, indicates the wine was tasted from cask, not bottle.
Coche feels that 1996 is similar to 1978, but better, especially for the top wines. He is tremendously impressed with the "great acidity and great density" of the '96s, and was surprised by how long it has taken for malos to complete (a number of his barrels were still in the throws of malo-lactic fermentation in late November). The tasting notes (as set out in The Wine Advocate) are given in the order in which the wines were presented. Coche started with wines that were still progressing through their malos (selecting barrels that were almost 100% finished with their MLs), then proceeding to the Corton-Charlemagne that had finished its malo-lactic, but had yet to be racked, and ending with the three wines that had terminated their malo-lactic fermentations and had been racked. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 96-99
Drinking Period: 2003-2010