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Joseph Drouhin Batard Montrachet 2009

Joseph Drouhin Batard Montrachet 750ml 2009     
Sku: 1658694*

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.

Tasting notes
With a wine of this stature, a few years are definitely needed 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, Bâtard-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.

 Vinous 91 points (Sep 2011)
Good full yellow with a gold tinge. Ripe aromas of apricot and honey. Large-scaled, silky and exotic, with a slightly phenolic character to the ripe apricot fruit. Impressively big but I wanted more definition, cut and complexity. Finishes with a suggestion of warmth.

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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