Batard Montrachet

2014 Batard Montrachet Leflaive

  • Classification:
    Grand Cru
  • Color:
    White
  • Appellation:
    Batard Montrachet
  • Volume:
    0.75L
  • Grape Type:
    Chardonnay
  • Packaging:
    Loose
  • Stock Location:
    France
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Wine Critics Notes:

Allen Meadows - Score: 93-95 (42522)

This is also surprisingly expressive at this early stage with a broad-ranging nose that features notes of apple, pear, white flowers, wood spice and a hint of something mildly exotic. The big-bodied yet refined flavors possess a wonderfully textured mouth feel thanks primarily to the abundance of palate coating dry extract that does a beautiful job of buffering the notably firm but not aggressive acid backbone on the hugely long finish where a hint of wood appears. This is slightly finer than usual with a really lovely sense of overall balance and harmony.

Vinous - Score: 93-95 (42248)

Bright, pale yellow. Deeply pitched, slightly reduced aromas of stone fruits, pineapple and honey. Fatter and sweeter than the Bienvenue, then broader and more powerful on the back half, showing a ripe pineapple character but coming across as bone-dry. Less harmonious than the Bienvenue and a bit more phenolic on the back end. This wine will need a good seven or eight years of cellaring.