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Blain-Gagnard Criots Batard Montrachet 2013


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It's easy to assume that Criots would have the same richness and weight as Bâtard, its next-door neighbor. In fact, Criots is the most delicate of the five Grand Crus in the vicinity. The wines are more about perfume and delicacy with fine structure and intense minerality, and is from vines planted between 1929 and 1979. Food Pairing: White Burgundy, with its rich texture and toasted flavors, pairs well with white fish and shellfish, and its naturally high acidity can counterbalance cream-based sauces. Oak-aging lends itself well to grilled fish, starches, butter, and toasted nuts.
Category White Wine
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Cote de Beaune
Brand Blain-Gagnard
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Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru, which sees around 40% new oak (slightly more than usual), has a very pure bouquet with orange blossom, freshly sliced pear and a touch of white peach that is somehow very feminine and alluring. The palate is fresh and vibrant, quite structured in the mouth, with a poised, chalky finish that lingers for a long time. There are just 2½ barrels this year of this impressive Criots.

Neal Martin, December 2014