This appellation includes 19 Premiers Crus « climats ». The commune of Chassagne-Montrachet also produces 3 Grands Crus : Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet, and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet.
The Bâtard-Montrachet white is the Chardonnay grape dressed in glittering gold ! It boasts firm coloration with green highlights. Aromas of mayflower, acacia, and honeysuckle blend with verbena and hazelnut and in some cases toast or fresh butter. This wine boasts a profound minerality (flint). Age brings in notes of honey or ripe pear. Rounded and
often opulent, its attack is instantaneous. On the palate, fleshiness is matched by mellowness, and both are equally persistent.
The reds are brilliant, with purplish highlights – this wine is a well-coloured Pinot Noir. Aromas of Morello cherry and cherry-pit, wild strawberry, gooseberry, and raspberry are commonly present. Notes of animal and spice complete the bouquet. In the mouth, this wine has real substance. Its delicious fleshiness partly conceals tannins which, though somewhat austere in youth, give way with maturity to a concentrated and taste-filled structure, intriguing in its complexity.
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