The 2013 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru, like many from this vineyard, has an expressive and, compared to other vintages, you could almost say extravagant bouquet, bridled with intense citrus lemon, freshly sliced pear, limestone and even a faint touch of peppermint. The palate is intense on the entry with more depth than the Bienvenue at this stage. There is a pinch of spice here, shaved ginger adding a bit of fire at the front of the tongue, then attractive stony notes finally revealed on the finish and the aftertaste. Superb - for me perhaps superior to the 2012. Drink: 2017 - 2032
This is rich, full and glossy on the aroma. Full on the strike too. Punchy. Rich texture; broad and dense with power and concentration. Such a good cut of acidity to balance the richness. This carries to the finish which is very long and assured. It has vigour. Absolutely top notch Batad. The work in the vineyard is so clear here. Score 19.65. From 2023
"One of the greatest white wine domaines in Burgundy" remarked Clive Coates.The vineyards steeped in history, the current generation - Anne-Claude Leflaive - can look back to 1717 for the first Leflaive family occupation of the farm buildings that they use today. The domaine was created by Anne-Claude's grandfather, Joseph, who came to Burgundy in 1905. Anne-Claudecontinues the legacy with new vigour and particular attention to biodynamics. In 1997 Anne-Claud took the whole domaine fully biodynamic, after very successful blind tastings the year before, comparing biodynamically produced wine and organic wine from adjacent vines.
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.