Domaine Leflaive Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2018
(Burgundy, France) - [WS 96] [VM 95-97] [WA 94-96] [BH 93-95]
Regular price $1,215.00 Sale price $999.97 Save $215.03
Batard Montrachet sits on flat portion of the hillside evenly dispersed between the villages of Puligny and Chassagne. Bordered by Bienvenues-Batard and Criots-Batard on either side and it's most famous sibling Le Montrachet a stones throw up the hill Batard is known for it's majestic, powerful and age worthy wines.
The Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet is sourced from 4 separate suppliers two from the Puligny side and two from the Chassagne side. Vines are densely planted and vines average older than 45 years.
Grapes are sorted, pressed and vinified entirely in Allier oak barrel, 30% of which is new. The wine is aged in the cellars for 12 months where it undergoes malolactic fermentation and sees frequent stirring of the lees. Following the aging process each barrel is racked and the final blending occurs.
Ratings & Reviews
96 Points - Wine Spectator:
"This white is concentrated and full of floral, peach, lemon cake, butterscotch and hazelnut aromas and flavors. The creamy texture offsets a vibrant acidity, while the lemon, hazelnut and spice notes echo on the lingering finish Best from 2023 through 2035. From France." (Jun 2021)
95-97 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2018 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru has a touch more pungency compared to the Bienvenue, but perhaps not quite the same alluring charm, at least at this primordial stage. The palate is where it’s at: supremely well balanced, exuding a sense of coiled-up energy countered by a dense, persistent finish. A bit of a beast, but time will tame it." - Neal Martin (Jan 2020)
94-96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2018 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru is powerful and muscular, opening in the glass with notions of orange oil, peach, white flowers, beeswax and warm bread. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and introverted, with a broad-shouldered, textural profile, serious reserves of concentration and lively balancing acids, concluding with a saline finish." - William Kelley (9th Jan 2020)
93-95 Points - Allen Meadows' Burghound:
"Here the nose is more expressive and more elegant than it usually is at this early point with its cool citrus and broad range of floral elements that include rose petal, acacia and lilac along with subtle oak and spice wisps. The restrained, concentrated and enveloping larger-scaled flavors possess evident power and muscle, both of which become ever more apparent on the palate coating finish that goes on and on. This is a big but not massive Bâtard that should age gracefully over a 12 to 15 year cellaring horizon." - (Jun 10, 2020)