Batard Montrachet

2016 Batard Montrachet Leflaive

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    Batard Montrachet
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    OWC x 6
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Allen Meadows - Score: 94-96 (2018 Jun.)

A slight hint of reduction does not materially detract from the intensely floral-suffused nose that displays hints of acacia blossom and rose petal along with spice, citrus and pear aromas. There is excellent volume and mid-palate density to the mouth coating and borderline opulent big-bodied flavors that possess a seductive texture on the strikingly persistent and overtly powerful finish. A definite 'wow' wine.

Vinous - Score: 92-94 (2018 Sep.)

(all of the fruit in 2016 came from the Puligny side of the appellation, as one of Leflaive's parcels on the Chassagne side has been pulled up for replanting and another produced no fruit following the frost): Bright, pale yellow. Fresh yellow fruits and mirabelle are accented by a floral note. At once creamy and delineated on the palate, showing noteworthy cut and floral lift, not to mention brisk acidity. Perhaps not as powerful as the 2017 version, and in need of patience to reveal its inherent personality, this very promising Bâtard needs time.