93-95 Points Allen Meadows
from 3 different parcels, two on the Chassagne side and the third in the Puligny sector that is near the border dividing the two communes). A beautifully layered nose features notes of citrus peel, lavender, petrol, pear, white peach and soft wood nuances. There is seriously good size, weight and vibrancy to the broad-shouldered and admirably concentrated flavors that possess evident power on the serious, palate staining and strikingly long finish. If this built-to-age Bâtard can add more depth it should merit the upper end of my predicted range though note well that it’s definitely going to require patience.
94-96 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
he 2017 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru unfurls in the glass with a reticent bouquet of lemon rind, citrus, hazelnut cream, white flowers and mandarin oil. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, both denser and blockier than the Bienvenues-Bâtard, with exceptional concentration, tangy acids and a long finish. Today, the wine is only partially formed, but it’s immensely promising. Pierre Vincent told me that it attained 12.8% natural alcohol, but despite that rather modest degree for a grand cru white Burgundy, it displays plenty of power and substance.
96 Points Jasper Morris
Four plots, two each side, though one has been pulled out to replant as it didn’t recover properly from the 2016 frost. A touch more colour here and notably more weight on the palate, with some yellow fruit. This year there is a substantial difference between the Bâtard and the Bienvenues, this has all the power, muscular, yet neither brutish nor short – but I still fell fractionally more in love with the Bienvenues.