Admirably cool and pure aromas of peach, pear and apricot are trimmed in subtle nuances of smoke, tea and white flowers. There is seriously good richness and volume to the full-bodied, powerful and palate coating flavors that brim with dry extract on the sappy and utterly delicious finish where the persistence just goes on and on. Despite the excellent concentration, there is absolutely no heaviness; indeed this embodies what I call power without weight. Drink 2020+
The 2013 Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru has a backward, reticent nose at first, but it opens nicely with touches of oyster shell and limestone infusing the citrus fruit. The palate is clean and fresh, a pleasant symmetry here with finely tuned acidity and well-integrated oak that only makes a fleeting appearance right on the finish. This is an assured Criots that should drink earlier than either the Chevalier or the Montrachet. Drink 2020-2034
Straw-yellow. Musky oily peach aroma is much less showy than that of the Clos de la Mouchère. Round, fat, saline and quite dry, but the stone fruit and marzipan flavors are in the background today. Spreads out horizontally to coat the palate on the long finish, but this grand cru will require patience. Drink 2023-2030
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.