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Batard Montrachet Domaine Leflaive 2017 (750ML)
94-96 Points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru unfurls in the glass with a reticent bouquet of lemon rind, citrus, hazelnut cream, white flowers and mandarin oil. On the palate, it's full-bodied, both denser and blockier than the Bienvenues-Batard, with exceptional concentration, tangy acids and a long finish. Today, the wine is only partially formed, but it's immensely promising. Pierre Vincent told me that it attained 12.8% natural alcohol, but despite that rather modest degree for a grand cru white Burgundy, it displays plenty of power and substance." 01/19
92-95 Points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous: "Pale yellow. Less expressive on the nose than the Bienvenue, conveying a honeyed ripeness and a hint of resiny oak. Then tightly clenched in the mouth, with a penetrating orange juice flavor dominating. Not at all a fat wine, this is hard to taste today and needs time to expand. Its power suggests that it will evolve slowly." 09/18
95+ Points, John Gilman, View from the Cellar: "Domaine Leflaive's 2017 BÃ¢tard-Montrachet is superb wine and will be a great drink once it has fully opened up to share its secondary layering. The nose is pure and refined, delivering scents of apple, pear, lemon blossoms, just a whisper of the butter to come, gorgeous, chalky soil elements and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely reserved structurally, with a superb core, great mineral drive, bright acids and great backend energy and precision on the very long finish. This is far less expressive out of the blocks than the Bienvenues, and if you must drink one of the Leflaive 2017 grand crus early on, make it the Bienvenues and let this great wine in the making properly blossom with bottle age! 2026-2075. " 12/18
97 Points, Tim Atkin, Decanter: "Divided into three separate parcels, two in Puligny and one in Chassagne, the Leflaive holdings in BÃ¢tard amount to a more than satisfactory 1.5ha. Rich, concentrated and well upholstered, this is a plush, dense, palate-coating white that flirts with exotic fruit but finishes with focussed, chalky minerality. Drinking Window 2021 - 2027." 10/18