4/99. Acquired from Beaune, Dec-94 for $61 (imported for $81 net).
Batard Montrachet, the name alone is very evocative! One of the finest white wines on earth. Jadot acts as negociant for this wine as he does not own a part in this illustrious vineyard. I've had his 1990 rendition in the past and it was outstanding.
Tonight, for Friday dinner for the two of us at home. Fried fish balls (it is locally called 'Denis'. I am not sure what is the correct English name) with garlic-tomato sauce, Shrimps in light cream with hair-noodles, Melon with port.
COLOR: Medium-full yellow. Not brilliantly clear.
NOSE: Very disappointing. Hardly any smell at all. Whatever did come out of the glass was very pleasant with flowery, minerally scents. But such a weak nose for a 7-years Batard Montrachet is a real shame.
TASTE: Very good, even excellent on the palate. Complex and savory flavors with surprisingly good acidity. A lot of presence in the mouth with noticeable oak [Why they use oak on white wines? why????] and the majestic austerity of a Puligny-Montrachet Grand Cru. Could use a little more finesse though.
LENGTH: Quite long and wood-flavored aftertaste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Big wine as far as structure and alcohol are concerned. Not much fruit there but does not lack in 'stuffing'. More robust than elegant though quite well balanced.
OVERALL: Excellent (as my rating goes), but this is about the least fine Batard Montrachet I ever had. I don't think a few more years will perform wonders with this wine, though it certainly will hold and perhaps (though I doubt it) even benefit.
MARK: 17/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? No.
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