The 2017 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru is also superb. Offering up a deep and complex bouquet of citrus oil, pear, oatmeal, beeswax and wheat toast, framed by a subtle touch of reduction, the wine is full-bodied, dense and multidimensional, with a racy spine of acidity underpinning its layered, muscular core, concluding with a long and vibrant finish. "It's a vintage adapted to this vineyard," observes Germain, and it's hard to dissent. From barrel, I thought the Chevalier had the edge, but from bottle, I'm inclined to favor the Bâtard. Readers should note that this cuvée derives from a different source from the Girardin wines of yesteryear. Drink: 2025-2050

96 points | William Kelley, RobertParker.com

The 50yr old vines used to produce this wine are located in the municipality of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet. The grapes are put in French oak barrels of 228 liters (15 % to 20% of new barrels) in which the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations in yeasts and native bacteria will take place. Breeding will be long on fine lees for 18 months. Without stirring. One month before bottling, the wine from different barrels is placed in a stainless steel tank for blending. Then follows a light bonding and light filtration before bottling. Bottling is done according to the lunar calendar.

(GI0717)

Grape Variety Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Bottle Size 750ml
Brand Vincent Girardin
SKU GI0717