Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru — 2018
- Appellation: Burgundy
- Location: Four parcels in Bâtard-Montrachet
- Cultivation: 100% biodynamic
- Size: Bâtard 7: 7 ouvrées (0.74 acre), planted in 1974 (commune of Chassagne); Bâtard 8: 8 ouvrées (0.84 acre), planted in 1979; Bâtard 9: 9 ouvrées (0.95 acre), planted in 1989 (commune of Chassagne); Bâtard 21: 21 ouvrées (2.22 acres) planted half in 1962, half in 1964 (commune of Puligny)
- Soil: Calcareous clay
- Fermentation: Long, gentle pneumatic pressing, “débourbage,” or “settling of the juice,” over 24 hours; then racking and running the must into cask
- Barrel Fermentation: Alcoholic fermentation in oak casks, 25% new (maximum 1/2 Vosges, minimum 1/2 allier)
- Aging: Aged 12 months in cask, placed in tank for 6 months, then prepared for bottling
- Filtration: Homeopathic fining and very light filtering at bottling, if necessary
Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru — 2018 – The Wine Advocate – 95 Points
Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the 2018 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru is a textural, elegantly muscular wine evocative of pear, toasted almonds, white flowers, peach and vanilla pod. Layered and powerful, it concludes with a long, saline finish. It's more dramatic and broader-shouldered than the suave, seamless Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet this year.
Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru — 2018 – Vinous – 95-97 Points
The 2018 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru has a touch more pungency compared to the Bienvenue, but perhaps not quite the same alluring charm, at least at this primordial stage. The palate is where it’s at: supremely well balanced, exuding a sense of coiled-up energy countered by a dense, persistent finish. A bit of a beast, but time will tame it. Drink 2022 - 2050.