2018 Pierre Morey Batard Montrachet Grand Cru
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I still vividly remember my first Pierre Morey Bâtard Montrachet. It was a 2008 consumed at The Prince Albert Hotel in which I was the publican at the time. One of my best friends, Damon Koerner and I had decided to share a couple more bottles after a pretty hefty wine lunch. Our deep conversation about who knows what was quickly interrupted with the first whiff. With a double take on the nose, followed by a sip we high fived and shared some expletives.
From a 0.49 hectare plot, a reasonable size in Batard-Montrachet however it is incredibly low yielding, resulting in an even more dense wine than normal Bâtard Montrachet and with tension to match. Bâtard is the longest lived of the Montrachet Grand Crus through pure density and bolstering power. What they can lack is tension and drive. Each example of Pierre Morey Bâtard seems to have what others can lack, exactly tension and drive. For what this wine is and will be, the price tag is a lot more approachable than first glance.
Neal Martin, Vinous.com: “The 2018 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru comprises three-and-a-half barrels this year. It has an absolutely killer bouquet of intense, mineral-rich citrus fruit that gains vigor with aeration. Wonderful delineation and precision here, with oyster shell and estuarine scents emerging with time. The palate is very well balanced, delivering a precise, intense entry and enormous depth and volume in the mouth, but with counterbalancing tension on a long, spicy finish that fans out wonderfully. Superb.” 96-98 points
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