Boillot, H - Batard Montrachet 2006
Tasting Notes and Scores
Wine Advocate December, 2008 Coming from its Criots and Bienvenues, Boillot''s 2006 Batard-Montrachet had two very difficult acts to follow. The dominant themes here are ripe peaches, brown spices, and nut oils, imbedded in a palpably dense and relatively firm-feeling palate, and clinging tenaciously with a bitter-sweet peach, peach kernel, and pungent spice. While impressive, this does not display the uncanny balance or flavor interplay of its grand cru siblings, and leaves behind a bit of heat. But there may well be more here than met my nose and palate on the occasion in question. And I can certainly imagine this being worth at least 6-8 years of cellaring. ()
This too is relatively restrained with a pretty but reluctant white flower and spice box nose that slides gracefully into fresh, super intense and tautly muscled full-bodied flavors brimming with dry extract that confers a distinctly textured quality onto the powerful and chewy finish. This is a big Bâtard yet for all its size and weight, everything is harnessed and focused as the length just goes on and on with no sense of top heaviness. One of the more impressive examples of Bâtard that I have ever seen because it rarely ascends to territory normally reserved for the likes of Montrachet and Chevalier or the occasional Charlemagne.