Tasted blind at the annual “Burgfest” tasting in Bouilland. The 2013 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru is slightly deeper in color than the example from Domaine de la Vougeraie. It has a rich and quite powerful bouquet, but it maintains impressive definition with very subtle tropical scents that do not impede against terroir expression. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, a rich and boisterous Bâtard-Montrachet determined to make an impression, laden with spice and tangy marmalade notes on the finish. What it might lack in sophistication it compensates with sheer bravura, although it does require a couple of years in bottle (as usual with this grand cru). Drink 2020-2030
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.