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Wine Review #10
2014 Bernard Moreau AC Chassagne-Montrachet
1er Cru “Les Chenevottes”
Burgundy, France
As Tasted at Fine Vintage Sensory Master Class
Chicago, Illinois
May 5, 2018

More fruit forward than savory although hints of green apple show through flavors of white peach and melon.  The flavor profile leads to complexity, especially as you get subtle vanilla hints from the oak aging typical in the Côte d’ Beaune region of France.  The flavor and aroma intensity is well balanced with a lush body and nice, round finish.

Purchase price was $85 and provides an average critic rating of 91/100.

Cork and Social Rating:
Wine Rating: 93
Price Adjusted Rating: 91

Wine Maker’s Notes:
The Premier Cru vineyard of Les Chenevottes sits slightly higher up the slope compared to the unparalleled white Grand Cru Montrachet. These two vineyards have much in common sharing similar soil composition, exposure to the sun, orientation and flavour. Les Chenevottes wines are an outstanding example of what this village is capable of and of the unrelentingly high standards of selection and vinification practiced by Maison Louis Latour. Les Chenevottes is derived from the word cheneve meaning hemp in old French and indicates that this vineyard was once an old hemp field.

Vinification & Ageing
Traditional in oak barrels with complete malolactic fermentation

8 to 10 months ageing in oak barrels, 50% new Barrels

Louis Latour cooperage, French oak, medium toasted”

Note: My goal is to provide characteristics of the wine and not to sway a wine drinker from trying any wine – even those that I rate at a lower score.  My rating is just that – MY rating.  I base my rating on a number of different components; however, my 5 Characteristics of Wine Style: Balance, Length, Intensity, Complexity and Expressiveness play largely into my final rating.  I am independent in my evaluation of every wine.  Ultimately, my wine rating scale is the same scale used by Robert Parker whereby:

96-100 Extraordinary
90-95 Outstanding
80-89 Above Average to Excellent
70-79 Average
60-69 Below Average
< 59 Appalling

I also provide a price adjusted rating.  This rating takes into account the quality of the wine (per my rating) and the average price consumers are paying for a standard 750ml bottle of wine.