The 2010 Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru comes from the Chassagne side of the climat. The bouquet is powerful, with subtle scents of passion fruit and white peach that is all beautifully defined. There is just a faint hint of Devonshire fudge in the background lending sweetness, some daring decadence. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity on the entry, demonstrating extremely good weight and wonderful mineralite right up to the finish that has a touch of fresh lime and bitter lemon. Demonstrating great persistency, this is an impressive Batard-Montrachet. Drink 2015-2030
The 2010 Bâtard-Montrachet is all about potential. Today it is impossibly raw, powerful and inward. Despite its unbridled power and sheer energy, the Bâtard possesses remarkable balance and purity. I can't wait to taste this in another few years. Today, the Bâtard is a bit direct and frank, with little in the way of subtlety, but plenty of potential just the same. Drink 2018+
Profound aromas of ripe peach and smoky, flinty minerality. Fat, supple and sweet; glyceral in texture yet magically elegant thanks to perfectly harmonious acidity. Chewy, three-dimensional flavors of lemon, iodine and earth, with saline and wet clay suggestions on the expanding, rising, palate-staining finish. With a texture like liquid silk, this extraordinary Batard has shed the slight tannic edge it demonstrated from barrel a year ago. But I'd still want to hold it for at least seven or eight years to get the full effect.
Bâtard-Montrachet is a great white Grand Cru in Burgundy's Côte D'or. Its vineyards are located onthe slope beneath Le Montrachet, in the Côte de Beaune. Bâtard-Montrachet's soils are heavier than those surrounding it, made up of brown limestone and gravel, which pave the way for rich, nutty, honeyed and heady wines with good structure. They are not as elegant as those from Chevalier-Montrachet and are broader and weightier than wines from Montrachet.