Lucien Le Moine Criots Batard Montrachet Grand Cru
Price: $549.88 excl. GST
- Tasting Notes
An awkward nose combines notes of menthol, oak, exotic and very ripe fruit and soft spice nuances. The exceptionally rich flavors are concentrated to the point of being almost thick and oily and the impression of richness is accentuated by a noticeably sweetness on the powerful if somewhat warm finish. This is pretty clumsy at present and my predicted range extends the benefit of the doubt that it will eventually come together; note however that even if it does it’s not likely to deliver more than short to mid-term cellar potential.
– Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, Score: 89-92
Aromas of menthol, peat, wild herbs and oatmeal, plus an element of spicy oak; very little fruit showing today. Supple and broad but extremely dry; in a rather medicinal metallic style, with its fruit in the deep background today. This very backward wine finishes dry and aggressive. Not my style: I wanted more texture and sweetness of fruit. Mounir Saouma describes Criots-Bâtard as “the least of the Montrachets except when it benefits from the maturity of the Chassagne-Montrachet side, as in 2015.” But I’m not yet convinced about this wine.
– Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com, Score: 90-92