2014 Fontaine-Gagnard Criots-Batard Montrachet Grand Cru, Chassagne Montrachet (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub-Region: Chassagne Montrachet
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Review Score: 94WA, 94V

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The 2014 Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru needed a little more encouragement from the glass compared to its Chassagne label-mates, but it's worth persevering as it unveils subtle white peach and fresh pear scents interlaced with minerals that are very come-hither. The palate is more giving with a bead of acidity piercing the energetic citrus fruit and then it fans out towards the second half with orange rind and hints of peach. Very harmonious and magically long, this is a great Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet.

94 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 222 - Dec 2015)

Reduced, smoky aromas of wet stone, honey, clove and menthol, with fruit in the deep background. Rich and sweet in the mouth, with fruit salad and clove flavors lifted by a minty nuance. Finishes persistent but youthfully tough. This, too, needs to be racked. A second barrel showed more pronounced smoky minerality and more finesse and length on the aftertaste.

92-94 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (May 2015)