Robert Parker 94
Tasted blind, the 2010 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru is developing an attractive bouquet with melted wax, resinous aromas with hints of dried honey and a faint whiff of French patisserie. The palate is showing good depth and vigor, quite spicy with hints of honey and quince showing up towards the second half. It is an extrovert Chevalier-Montrachet for sure, more cocksure than the 2011 perhaps, although it trips over its shoelaces on the finish that does not quite deliver the length to back up its bravado. Still, it is a thoroughly enjoyable grand cru that should give 12-15 years of drinking pleasure. Tasted October 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030
Pale bright yellow. Lemon, lime, hawthorn, lavender and crushed stone on the nose. The penetrating palate combines great sweetness with bracing acidity, leaving the wine a bit overbearing today and much less harmonious than the Batard. But this is wonderfully dense and long. The wine’s acids and sugar will need time to harmonize. I would expect this to merit a higher score with six or seven years in bottle.