1.91 ha (4.72 acres) of vines more than 40 years old. 25% new oak on the grands crus. Tank sample. Smells more creamy and rounded than the Bienvenues, more open-hearted. A little bit toasty and reductive (struck match) but subtle. Corseted by the acidity at the moment so it is almost lean but there is pent-up power and energy here. Beauty and refinement as well as all the concentration. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2033
Robert Parker 95
Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the 2018 Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru is a textural, elegantly muscular wine evocative of pear, toasted almonds, white flowers, peach and vanilla pod. Layered and powerful, it concludes with a long, saline finish. It’s more dramatic and broader-shouldered than the suave, seamless Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet this year.
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2050