Jean-Michel Chartron is the 5th generation of the family and manages some excellent parcels of vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet including Grand Crus such as Chevalier-Montrachet and Batard-Montrachet and three other Premier Crus. The Domaine manages two monopoles in which one is in Chevalier-Montrachet - Chevalier-Montrachet 'Clos des Chevaliers', only about 46 acres holding just above Le Montrachet - superbly situated and often matches up to the quality of neighbouring Le Montrachet.
Allen Meadows has drawn up Chartron’s house style below –
“Chartron noted that his approach is to pick his fruit by hand on a mix of good ripeness levels but importantly, with good acidities. He does very little in the way of lees stirring while raising the wines in 100% wood where between 5 and 35% of it is new. The wines are then fined and lightly filtered and bottled after an élevage period of 12 to 18 months.”
The 2013 is no exception and with only 1 points lower than the top scoring Ramonet Chevalier-Montrachet from Allen Meadows (Burghound), Jean-Chartron Chevalier-Montrachet 'Clos des Chevaliers' is eye-wateringly rare and little is left in the market -
2013 Jean Chartron Chevalier-Montrachet 'Clos des Chevaliers' Grand Cru
HK$2,600 per bottle
94 pts Allen Meadows
The super fresh and airy nose offers up cool strikingly complex aromas of white flower, spice, wet stone and various orchard fruit scents. The 2013 version of this wine is unusually powerful with the same excellent mid-palate concentration as is displayed by all of the grands crus in the range while delivering superb depth and length on the impeccably well-balanced finale. This is extremely promising but note that patience will be required if you wish to see this wine's full potential revealed.
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