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1997 Olivier Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet

Light capsule condition issue; label condition issue

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar

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RATINGS

90+ Stephen Tanzer

Restrained clove and sulfidey aromas; quite oak-spicy today. Ripe but reticent. Bright grapefruit and pineapple flavors in the middle palate and on the sweet/tart, very long finish.

89-91Robert M. Parker Jr.

The toasty pear-scented Batard-Montrachet is fun, extravagant, and will offer satisfaction to hedonists. This plump, smile-inducing, and opulent wine is medium-to-full-bodied with intense flavors of ripe white fruits, spices, and anise.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet

Batard-Montrachet is one of the four great Grand Cru Chardonnay vineyards in the appellation of Puligny-Montrachet, in Burgundy. Like its neighbor Le Montrachet, Batard-Montrachet also lies partly in the Chassagne-Montrachet appellation just to the south of Puligny-Montrachet. At 30 acres, Batard-Montrachet is the largest of four Grand Crus and it is divided into nearly 30 individually owned parcels. Located just to the east of Le Montrachet, the soil of Batard-Montrachet is deeper and less thin. The largest landholders are Leflaive, with 4.5 acres; Ramonet, 1.2 acres; Bachelet-Ramonet, 1.4 acres; and Paul Pernot, 1.5 acres.

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay, Grand Cru

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.