2016 Domaine Hubert Lamy Criots Batard Montrachet "Haute Densite" Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1343039 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Criots Batard Montrachet Haut Densite Grand Cru was cropped at 45 hectoliters per hectare because of the late and short pruning that Lamy practiced on the vines. It has a wonderful bouquet with aniseed-tinged citrus fruit that just wraps itself around your senses. There is a labyrinthine-like quality to the nose, opening and shutting aromatic windows each time I returned to the glass. The palate is fresh and very confident on the entry, that aniseed theme continuing, great depth and sense of energy with a very long and spicy finish. This is one hell of a Criots in what was a challenging growing season(NM)  (12/2017)

95 points Decanter

 Lamy produced only one barrel of Criots-Bâtard this year, but what a barrel! A complex and compelling bouquet of orange blossom, tangerine, lemon oil, poached pear, cinnamon and a touch of oak vanillin precedes a full-bodied, multidimensional wine with fabulous energy despite its considerable amplitude, a bottomless core of fruit, and almost painful levels of extract and intensity. The stunningly flavourful finish builds and builds after the wine is long gone.Drinking Window 2023 - 2040.(WK)  (10/2017)

90-92 points Vinous

 (no frost losses here; Lamy told me he harvested yellow grapes early as these vines ripened very quickly at the end, making 40 hectoliters per hectare; 12.5% potential alcohol chaptalized to 13.1%): Pale, bright yellow. Lovely lemony lift to the aromas of peach and flowers, with more exotic lichee and spice notes that reminded me of Gewurztraminer. The most exotic of these 2016s, with a plushness and almost oily thickness barely contained by harmonious acidity. The exotic lichee note carries through on the palate. This rather powerful, youthfully aggressive, slightly warm wine finishes seamless and very long but was a bit of a comedown in class following the Saint-Aubin Derrière Chez Edouard Haute Densité.(ST)  (9/2017)

K&L Notes

93pts Jasper Morris(MW): "One barrel of 228 litres, Olivier’s vines having been pruned very late managed to escape the worst of the frost. The nose is heady at the moment, even a bit heavy, but will refine itself for sure. Soft and lactic at the back, even though sulphured."(01/2018)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.