Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2012
- Appellation: Burgundy
- Location: Four parcels in Bâtard-Montrachet
- Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
- Size: Total of 1.73 hectares (4.27 acres)Bâtard 7: 7 ouvrées (0.74 acre), planted in 1974 (commune of Chassagne)Bâtard 8: 8 ouvrées (0.85 acre), planted in 1979 (commune of Puligny)Bâtard 9: 9 ouvrées (0.95 acre), planted in 1989 (commune of Chassagne)Bâtard 17: 17 ouvrées (1.79 acres), 1/2 planted in 1962, 1/2 in 1964 (commune of Puligny)
- Soil: Calcareous clay
Ripeness monitored parcel-by-parcel for optimal harvest date
Hand-harvested with grape sorting
Long, gentle pneumatic pressing, “débourbage,” or “settling of the juice,” over 24 hours; then racking and running the must into cask
Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 25% new (maximum 1/2 Vosges, minimum 1/2 allier)
Aged 12 months in cask, placed in tank for 6 months, then prepared for bottling
Homeopathic fining and very light filtering at bottling, if necessary
Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2012 – 96 points – Wine Spectator Insider
"A powerful, intense white, boasting lemon, apple, pear and mineral flavors, shaded by oak spice. Beautifully balanced and fresh, this young wine needs time to reach its full potential. Shows terrific length on the finish."
Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2012 – It’s All About The Bling – Twelve Absurdly Expensive Liquid Gift Ideas – Forbes
“One of the biggest, and grandest of white Burgundies…2012 resulted in a small crop of intense, tightly focused wines, at least in the hands of top producers like Domaine Leflaive. A stunning wine to accomplish the most luxurious fish.”
Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2012 – 92 – 94 points – The Wine Advocate
"…laconic stony, mineral bouquet with sea spray scents surfacing with time. The palate is very well-balanced with crisp acidity…there is a touch of spice that becomes more accentuated with time…this will be fascinating to watch age."
Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 2012 – 93-95 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
"Sexy aromas of peach, nectarine and brown spices, plus hints of wild cherry and fraise des bois. Quite full, rich and powerful, with a distinctly…mineral flavor. This ripe, brooding wine finishes with inexorable persistence"