2007 Domaine Paul Pernot Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru (Previously $140)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Musky, decadently floral, nose-wrinkling spice, and ripe pit-fruited notes rise from the glass of Pernot’s 2007 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet. Almond paste, lightly toasted hazelnut, poached peach, candied orange rind, and brown spices inform a rich palate, whose impressive persistence preserves the senses of refreshment, energy, and lift characteristic of the best wines of this vintage. Nor are myriad mineral notes missing here, either. It will be fascinating to compare this wine’s evolution with that of the next-door Les Pucelles over the coming decade.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
An almost invisible trace of wood highlights a similar nose of honeysuckle, rose petal and orchard fruit aromas that slide gracefully into more obviously mineral-driven medium full-bodied flavors that are at once generous yet detailed with excellent volume on the round, naturally sweet and mouth coating finish. This is also quite forward and while it will benefit from a few years of cellar time, this is not a vintage of Pernot's BBM built for the long haul.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Subtly complex aromas of white peach, honeysuckle, minerals, hazelnut and vanillin oak. Sweet and silky yet penetrating on the palate; more expressive today than the Pucelles and relatively open for a 2007 grand cru. Finishes persistent, but without quite the authority of the Batard.
Smells great, with toasty oak, cream and lime tart aromas that lead to green apple, spice and mineral flavors, all backed by tart acidity. The aftertaste shows its pedigree, though this requires patience. Best from 2014 through 2028.
Rich, focused wine, with lots more weight than the Pucelles. This shows lots of drive, but without interfering with the overall charm of this lovely effort. Lots of power and drive at the finish, with notes of caramel and honey. Fresh, bright, very lovely Bienvenues Bâtard. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 06/08)