(made from old vines on moist clay soil in the heart of Batard, according to Saouma): Aromas of lime, clove, nutmeg, mint, menthol and flint. Hugely concentrated but tightly coiled, conveying a powerful saline impression of terroir. Very dry and classic and explosive on the aftertaste, this grand cru will need a good decade of bottle aging before it approaches its peak.
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.