2011 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

SKU #1141547 97 points Vinous

 The 2011 Batard-Montrachet boasts serious richness, depth and structure. A wine of pure brawn and intensity, the 2011 impresses for its exceptional balance and harmony, but it is also very reticent and nowhere near ready to show the full breadth of its personality. The finish alone is simply sensational. Readers should give the 2011 at least a few years in bottle to settle down. The Batard is imposing, sensational and regal in every way. (AG)  (9/2013)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here there is an interesting nose of both white and yellow orchard fruit aromas along with a broad range of floral and spice elements. There is seriously good mid-palate density to the big-bodied and overtly powerful flavors that possess stunning punch on the very dry and hugely long finish where the only slight nit is a hint of warmth. This is an impressive effort that will require at least a decade to fully mature.  (6/2011)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru has a fabulous bouquet that is beautifully defined with hints of melted butter and almond flakes. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry with lime zest and citrus peel. It is wonderfully focused with a precise, tender, mineral-rich finish. This sophisticated Batard should age with panache over the next two decades. Drink 2015-2030+ (NM)  (8/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator

 A powerful white, showing more intensity than weight, this evokes melon, peach, lemon and wet stone flavors that reveal an element of spice. Comes together on the mouthwatering finish, with a long, toasty aftertaste. Best from 2016 through 2028. *Collectibles* (BS)  (12/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow. Very ripe but laid-back nose offers pure scents of lemon, peach and stony minerality. Chewy, concentrated and powerful but closed today, even a bit youthfully disjointed. In a distinctly virile style, with strong lemony acidity giving the back end a slightly aggressive character. Finishing notes of menthol and medicinal herbs tickle the throat. This will require patience. (ST) 92+  (9/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 One 350-litre barrel. On the Puligny side. His strategy is to pick early because he tries to avoid heaviness. Broad, lightly smoky. Slightly savoury oaky dry – not so typically Bâtard. Much drier and interesting. Not sweet! More energy than most. Tight and exciting. Very tense. It’s not like any other grand cru. Lots of personality. Lots of chew. 18.5/20 points  (11/2012)


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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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

Corton

- The hill of Corton, an escarpment topped with a forest, overlooks the Grand Cru vineyard of Corton and the towns of Ladoix-Serrigny and Aloxe-Corton in the Côte de Beaune. This is the first area south from the town of Beaune. Corton is the sole Grand Cru red of the Côte de Beaune. The southeast portion of this vineyard produces Grand Cru white, and is called Corton Charlemagne. Famous Premier Cru vineyards are Corton Bressandes, Corton Renardes and Corton Clos du Roi.