CRIOTS BÂTARD MONTRACHET

2017 Haute Densité Grand Cru Domaine Hubert Lamy

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Chassagne Montrachet
Classification Grand Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Criots Bâtard Montrachet

The 2017 Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru comes from a miniscule 0.05 hectare parcel planted in 1975, vine density has been increased to 24,000 vines in recent years. There is just a single five years old barrel, which had not been racked. It is a little muffled on the nose when I taste it, though it reveals hints of fresh pear, wet limestone and dew-speckled Granny Smith apples with time. The palate is beautifully balanced with a fine bead of acidity, taut and focused but with wonderful purity and depth towards the finish, with hints of quince lingering on the aftertaste. Très bon! Drinking range: 2022 - 2040 Rating: 95-97 Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019)

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Domaine Hubert Lamy

Olivier Lamy has built on the solid foundations his father Hubert prepared with twenty years and more of work in the vineyards. Today the Domaine has 18.5 hectares of vines - 80% are Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. The vines are in several appellations - Saint-Aubin, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay, as well as the excellent Bourgogne Blanc. The reputation of the domaine is now made, but the Saint Aubins, both red and white, remain some of the bargains of Côte d'Or, and challenge the supposed superiority of the grander village names on a regular basis, both in terms of young and mature wines.

Olivier's wine-making style and preference is to emphasise the fresh and the mineral side of his wines, and in 2016 and 2017 there was no new wood at all, and that is with the wines in 600 litre demi-muids rather that the classic Burgundy (225 litre) fût. Certainly Oliver's whites do have an arrow-like purity and intensity, and seem to age completely straight and true.

The reds are worth more than a casual mention too. Olivier has been getting some consultation help from Sylvain Pataille, and the wines have energy and bounce along with the supple tannins and ripeness.

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