Vinous – 93+
Pale yellow. Tangy aromas of ripe peach, ginger, clove and smoky minerality. Youthfully austere today, but showing lovely cut and finesse to the flavors of citrus fruit, crushed stone and flowers. With its penetrating acidity and outstanding density of texture, this extremely backward grand cru is almost bitter now and should be slow to unfold. Colin noted that his Batard vines did not suffer during hot, dry weather in August.
Robert Parker – 94-96
The 2012 Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru might turn out to be Pierre-Yves Colin’s finest achievement in 2012 – including the Chevalier-Montrachet. It already offers a very expressive and lively bouquet with ebullient aniseed scents soaring from the glass, all with super delineation. The palate is medium-bodied, vibrant with hints of lemongrass and ginger. This Batard is very intense and concentrated for what is habitually a reticent Grand Cru in its youth, while the finish soars away. This is a grand cru revving up on the starting line. Climb on board.