2012 Domaine Blain-Gagnard Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Here the wood is much more subtle and it allows the restrained and admirably fresh aromas of citrus peel, apricot, peach and acacia blossom to be easily appreciated. This is also an overtly powerful and imposingly scaled effort that possesses an opulent mouth feel thanks to the abundance of dry extract that coats the palate on the almost painfully intense, clean and notably dry finish. I very much like the length and while this is bigger than the Criots, it's not any richer. I liked this a lot because even though this is a huge wine it remains very well balanced as it avoids the excesses of the 2012 vintage.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2012 tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru from Blain-Gagnard has a terse, laconic nose that is nevertheless well defined with citrus peel and pleasant fumé scents. The palate is surprisingly spicy on the entry, very saline in the mouth with a pleasant build in the mouth towards a spicy, almost fiery finish. It needs a few years to calm down, but otherwise this has good potential. (NM)
The core flavors of peach, apple and spice show accents of lime, petrol and stone in this lively, balanced white, ending with apple and mineral notes. The elements need time to harmonize. Best from 2019 through 2033.