The 2016 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru was touched more by the frost than other vineyards owned by Vougeraie, and yet they still managed a supremely well-crafted and delicious wine. It has a focused and mineral-rich bouquet with scents of oyster shell and something estuarine on the nose. The palate has a feisty and lively entry, a keen line of acidity, more depth and concentration than the Bienvenue and with a good persistence on the finish. This is excellent.
Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Reviews
The 2014 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru had a nice "Coche-like" reduction on the nose that I will not complain about if extant after bottling. The palate is well balanced with grapefruit, fresh pineapple and tinned peach furnishing the entry. This Bâtard is harmonious with a twist of lemon peel on the weighty and quite intense finish that lingers long in the mouth. This represents another excellent white grand cru from Pierre Vincent.
An openly exotic yet restrained nose features aromas of dried mango, peach, pear, sandalwood and orange pekoe tea. As in the 2013 version, there is outstanding size, weight and intensity to the enveloping broad-shouldered flavors that brim with palate soaking dry extract before culminating in a complex, generous and overtly powerful finish. This is a big impeccably well-balanced Bâtard that should also repay up to a decade's worth of cellar time.
The nose is presently dominated by residual lactic aromas that mask the underlying fruit. This too possesses terrific intensity along with impressive size, weight and power while culminating in an even more linear and compact finish. While blessed with strikingly good underlying material, this too is going to require a long snooze in a cold cellar to realize its full and considerable potential. Patience absolutely required.