2011 Domaine Jacques Carillon Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Grand Cru

SKU #1321541 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An expressive nose of honeysuckle, pear, spice and apple leads to cool, restrained and well detailed medium weight flavors that possess a very sophisticated mouth feel. There is excellent energy along with outstanding complexity to the balanced, palate staining and beautifully long finish. As good as the Referts is, and it's very good, there is just another dimension present here. Be prepared to cellar this beauty though as it's going to need it at least 7 to 10 years.  (6/2014)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. There is a bit of SO2 on the nose of Jacques Carillon’s Bienvenue-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2011: struck-match aromas that obstruct the fruit intensity. The palate is ripe and slightly viscous with orange cordial and mango coming through on the clean but uncomplicated finish. Initially this seems a little facile, but wait a few moments, for with aeration it develops more and more tension and hidden minerality, while that sulfur blows off. Then, and only then, you end up appreciating the quality of this mischievous grand cru. (NM)  (11/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (one of the two barrels was new; 4.9 grams per liter of acidity, with a pH of 3.07): Good pale yellow. Complex, musky aromas of peach, clove, honey and crushed stone. Concentrated, chewy and deep, with strong salty minerality energizing the flavors of sweet yellow fruits and noble herbs. Opens out nicely on the back end without any loss of shape. Really superb minerality and energy here. "Always the highest in acidity," says Carillon. An impressive showing: I would not be surprised if this wine merited an even higher rating after five or six years of bottle aging. Incidentally, Carillon bottled his 2011s between February and April of this year. 93+ (ST)  (9/2013)

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