2010 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

SKU #1321140 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Batard-Montrachet bursts from the glass with an exotic melange of intensely perfumed yellow stone fruits, flowers and spices. It boasts marvelous inner sweetness and layers of expressive fruit that seem to blossom endlessly in the glass, filling out the wine’s broad-shouldered frame all the way through to the huge, viscous finish. In 2010, the Batard is seamless, round and totally inviting. I want this wine. (AG)  (8/2012)

93-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is ever-so-slightly riper than the Bienvenue with a mix of white and yellow orchard fruit, dried rose petal and discreet spice nuances. The large-scaled, dense and powerful flavors possess incredible intensity, indeed to the point where this is almost painful before concluding in an explosively long, lemony and stunningly persistent finish. This is one of those 'wow' wines as it almost takes your breath away. *Don't Miss!*  (6/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good pale color. Brooding aromas of pineapple, mirabelle, clove, menthol and licorice. Conveys an impression of volume without weight, thanks to a near-perfect sugar/acid balance. Began rather inexpressive in the mouth but gained in complexity with air. Most impressive today on the mounting, palate-staining back end, which leaves behind notes of citrus fruit, wild herbs, menthol, wet stone and vanillin oak. (ST) 95+  (9/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 One barrel made from 65-year-old vines on the Chassagne side, 'near DRC's'. Big, broad, confident nose. Then on the palate it became rather introvert, even a little green, so high is the acidity. Quite an unusual Bâtard for its tension. There is even a hint of grapefruit. All hunched up for the moment. 18+/20 points.  (11/2011)

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- 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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- 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.
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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.