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Joseph Drouhin Batard Montrachet 2013

Joseph Drouhin Batard Montrachet 750ML 2013     
Sku: 23253

This white Grand Cru of the Côte de Beaune is a wine of imposing power, venerated by wine lovers all over the world. Situated right below Le Montrachet, its soil has a slightly different component : a brownish limestone mixed with a lot of gravel. This exceptional terroir causes the Chardonnay grape to act merely as the "messenger" between this unique subsoil and the wine itself. The grapes are always picked by hand and brought immediately to the winery in Beaune. A delicate pneumatic press is used so as to retain as much as possible of the immense potential of this precious juice. It is then allowed to ferment in partially new oak barrels. Twelve or thirteen months later, the wine is bottled. Site: Batard Montrachet straddles Puligny and Chassagne. It lies right below the famous Montrachet vineyard. Batard is one of the greatest white wines of the Cote de Beaune. History & tradition: according to the often told story, the lord of Puligny in the Middle Ages divided his estate between his children: the eldest was the ”chevalier” (knight), the daughters were the ”pucelles” (young virgins) and the son born out of wedlock was the ”batard”. Soil: located on a mild slope, the soil is a brownish limestone mixed with gravel. The secret of this exceptional terroir comes from the unique interaction between the deep layers of limestone and the roots of the vines. Only the most refined dishes can do justice to such a wine : foie gras is high on the list, followed by lobster bisque, crayfish, vol-au-vent, sweetbread, white meat chicken in cream sauce. But whatever you decide to serve, it is sure to be a memorable event !

Tasting notes
With a wine of this stature, a few years are definitelyneeded before a bottle should be opened. It is only then that all the aromas of toasted bread, almonds, honey, exotic wood can really be appreciated. On the palate, B�tard-Montrachet always strikes us with its monumental structure. Interestingly, there is even a touch of tannin that provides an added dimension. The aftertaste is simply glorious : powerful, voluptuous and seemingly unending.

Rating
Vinous 91 points - (a blend of estate fruit and purchased must from vines on the Chassagne side): Pale color. Ripe, peach, smoky oak and clove on the nose. Fat, dense and sweet; showing less personality and class than the Corton-Charlemagne but noteworthy depth and weight. I don’t find a lot of aromatic lift but this very rich wine appears to be passing through a sullen stage. 91-93 Points.Stephen Tanzer, September/2014

Wine maker notes
In 1880, Joseph Drouhin, who was from the Chablis region originally, chose the city of Beaune to found the business that bears his name. Over the years and with each generation, the vineyard estate grew. At the same time, the founder’s passionate search for excellence and knowledge was handed down like a family heirloom; Maison Joseph Drouhin continues to ensure this valuable family heritage. Dedication to the diversity of Burgundy has always been the sole focus and vocation of Maison Joseph Drouhin, as vineyards - mostly premier and grand crus - were acquired in all major areas. Out of firm conviction, Drouhin has adopted a biological and biodynamic approach to viticulture. Listening to nature: from vine to glass, at every step in the elaboration of the wine, a profound respect and deference to nature prevails. From its very beginning, Maison Joseph Drouhin has aimed for an ideal of perfection and elegance. The style of Joseph Drouhin combines balance, harmony and character, providing infinite pleasure. Thanks to its open-minded world view, Joseph Drouhin introduces the best of Burgundy to all continents. Its active presence in many countries is the surest proof of its desire to get acquainted and understand other cultures and styles of living.

Technical notes
Site: Batard Montrachet straddles Puligny and Chassagne. It lies right below the famous Montrachet vineyard. Batard is one of the greatest white wines of the Cote de Beaune. History & tradition: according to the often told story, the lord of Puligny in the Middle Ages divided his estate between his children: the eldest was the ”chevalier” (knight), the daughters were the ”pucelles” (young virgins) and the son born out of wedlock was the ”batard”. Soil: located on a mild slope, the soil is a brownish limestone mixed with gravel. The secret of this exceptional terroir comes from the unique interaction between the deep layers of limestone and the roots of the vines.

Food pairing
Only the most refined dishes can do justice to such a wine : foie gras is high on the list, followed by lobster bisque, crayfish, vol-au-vent, sweetbread, white meat chicken in cream sauce. But whatever you decide to serve, it is sure to be a memorable event !

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Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub-Region: Cote de Beaune
Appellation: Puligny Montrachet
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
Classification: Grand Cru
 
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