"The 2014 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru had been racked two weeks earlier so there was a little cloudiness in my glass. The nose is very well defined as you would expect hints of dried apricot and quince underneath that cold stony exterior. The palate is crisp and fresh with wonderful acidity beautifully balanced with wonderful salinity. Wow...this is seriously one of the best Bâtard-Montrachets that I have tasted in 2014. Order in magnum (if you can) since a bottle will not be enough."
The Domaine Moreau rows of vines in Bâtard-Montrachet lie on the Puligny-Chassagne border in this vineyard, being the very first rows on the Puligny side, right below Montrachet. This had just been racked two weeks prior to my visit and was a bit grumpy, but its ultimate shape and quality were still fairly apparent. The very primary bouquet is a fine blend of apple, pear, lemon blossoms, a very complex base of chalky soil and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very, very mineral in personality this year, with a great core, impeccable focus and balance and a very, very long, nascently complex finish that closes with beautiful fruit tones dovetailing into stunning mineral drive. (Drink between 2022-2050)
"The beautifully layered and ultra-floral inflected nose features notes of ripe white orchard fruit and citrus elements that are framed by a soft application of wood. The generous and extremely rich full-bodied and impressively powerful flavors are certainly opulent but not heavy as there is ample acid support to maintain the balance on the admirably focused and seriously persistent dry and clean backend."
Peach nectar spices and stone on the nose plus a suggestion of nut oil. Deep and rich in the mouth with the peach and soft citrus flavors conveying seductive sucrosité. Tightens up nicely on the end finishing with a rather suave dusting of tannins and noteworthy grip. Nothing heavy about this Batard but it will require patience.