Dancer has a minuscule 0.10-hectares of Chevalier (planted in 1952) that sits in the top left-hand corner of the vineyard—part of the slope that has the same elevation as Le Montrachet. It’s worked by horse and Dancer makes only one or two barriques per year, reflecting the tiny yields he achieves. We received only nine bottles this year and Dancer tells us this is actually a very good allocation!
Dancer’s Chevalier doesn’t see any new oak these days, allowing the natural fruit power and overt minerality to express itself unadorned. If you’re reading this note, you’re one of the lucky few. We’d ask you to be discreet (no social media please)!
“Once again fermentation aromas push the underlying fruit to the background. I very much like the sleek and highly sophisticated texture of the strikingly intense bigger-bodied flavors that exude evident minerality on the bitter lemon suffused finish that just seems to go on and on. This is quite compact and in need of better depth but there is no obvious reason why it shouldn't develop more in time. This too is terrific though like the Perrières, ample patience will be required.” 93-95 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound