Batard Montrachet 2013

Batard Montrachet / Fontaine Gagnard

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Tasting Notes

The 2013 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru from Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard is a bottle earmarked for my vintage overview next year, but here was a chance to examine it over time. Intense on the nose, it has razor-sharp delineation and impressive focus, with scents of honeysuckle, lime, crushed stone and blood orange, completely delivering what you expect from a Grand Cru. The palate did not disappoint. Again, full of tension thanks to the razor-sharp acidity, at ten years, this is reaching its peak but clearly contains sufficient vigor and energy to suggest it will give another 15, possibly 20 years of pleasure. Magnificent.

Score: 95

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2023-2045 01 March 2023

The 2013 Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru has a much more austere bouquet than the Criots: stubborn and standoffish at the moment. The palate is well balanced with light peach, tangerine and lemon curd notes, the new oak (one-third) nicely integrated and rounding out the tensile finish that displays superb salinity. The more this stays in the glass, the better it becomes. Superb.

Score: 94

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2016 - 2035 30 December 2014

A beautifully complex and impressively broad-ranging nose displays notes of spice, dried flowers, citrus, both white and yellow orchard fruit and exotic tea scents, all of which is framed in subtle oak nuances. There is fine intensity to the broad-shouldered, concentrated and lively flavors that coat the palate with dry extract while being supported by a solidly firm acid spine on the explosively long and equally complex finale. This is clearly built-to-age and will require a minimum of 5 to 7 years of age before this beauty reveals enough of its full potential to make opening a bottle worthwhile. Don't miss!

Score: 94

Allen Meadows, Burghound Maturity: 2023+ 15 June 2015

Bright, light yellow. Very reticent, nuanced nose combines pineapple, peach, menthol and stony iodiney minerality. Densely packed, chewy and mineral-driven; distinctly more classic than the Criots, with very sound acidity but little early sweetness. The tactile, stony, layered, very long finish reminded me of a Montrachet.

Score: 92 - 94

Stephen Tanzer, 01 September 2014