2013 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Criots-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru

SKU #1267886 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Criots Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru has an intense and mineral bouquet that soars – touches of white peach and apricot blossom gently drifting from the glass, flecks of chalk and even white chocolate. The palate is fresh and vibrant, hints of white peach and brioche, oyster shell and citrus peel on the precise understated finish. This will be irresistible. (NM)  (11/2014)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is enough reduction present to push what appears to be ripe and mildly exotic yellow fruit aromas to the background. The big-bodied, powerful and solidly concentrated medium weight plus flavors possess notably better mid-palate density before terminating in a balanced and impressively persistent finish. Note that my score offers the benefit of the doubt that this will develop more depth over the next decade as it's presently less complex than either the Bâtard or the Montrachet. However the underlying material appears to be present such that this enhanced level of depth can develop.  (6/2015)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale, bright yellow. Lively aromas of exotic fruits, floral honey and clove. Silky, rich and suave, conveying sexy soil tones to its flavors of lime, menthol and white truffle. This nicely balanced, tactile Criots-Batard comes across as more refined than its 2014 sibling...  (9/2015)

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Chassagne Montrachet

- A long, wandering village in the Côte de Beaune. Fortunately, what the workaday village lacks in charm, the wines more than make up for. Most famous for its white wines, which are lovely and delicate, Chassagne-Montrachet actually produces more red than white wine. It is one of the few places in the Côte D'Or where both red and white wines are produced from Premier Cru vineyards. The Grands Crus are Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet (both shared with the neighboring village of Puligny) and Criots Bâtard Montrachet.