Criots Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru 2009 - Domaine Roger Belland
The Bâtard Montrachet Criotes is one of the 7 Grands Crus Blancs of Burgundy and is one of the 5 grands crus of the Montrachet family.
Located south of the Côte de Beaune in Chassagne-Montrachet, the appellation represents only 1.50 hectares, the smallest of the 5 Grands Crus of Montrachet. Domaine Roger Belland owns almost a third of the appellation.
The estate vinifies its wines with a lot of sweetness and delicacy. The Batard Montrachet Grand Cru Criots are aged for example 8 months in French oak barrels, 90% new.
Only the finest wines can cause this type of intense emotions when they open. here, the pleasure begins with the visual: the dress will be gold with emerald reflections, the bouquet will offer an extremely complex bouquet that will go from hot pastries, dried fruits, spices to honey.
Very harmonious wine with perfect balance, which will offer incredible power, structure, roundness and persistence.
Wine serving temperature: 12 to 14 °
Domaine Roger Belland
Julie Belland represents the new generation of the estate. She brought new ideas and gives a great energy to the production and marketing of wine.
Accompanied by the experience of his father, the Belland are at the head of a magnificent estate located in Santenay and Wine Maker of beautiful domain of vines in villages, Premiers Crus and even Grand Cru appellations, with a good part of Batard Montrachet Criots .
Criots Bâtard Montrachet
White: subtle differences in the wines signal variations in Climat but they also share many common traits. Their colour is gold flecked with emerald, darkening towards yellow with age. Their bouquet evokes butter and warm croissants, bracken, dried fruit, spices and honey. Body and bouquet are not separately distinguishable, so closely blended are structure and harmony into a single perfect whole. Unctuous and firm, dry and caressing, enveloped and profound, these wines combine every virtue in a firmly-established personality.
Wine Steward’s Tip
The power and aromatic persistence of these lofty wines demands aristocratic and sophisticated dishes with complex textures: foie gras, of course, and caviar. Lobster, crawfish, and large wild prawns, with their powerful flavours and firm textures, pay well-deserved homage to the wine and match its opulence. Firm-fleshed white fish such as monkfish would be equally at home in their company. And let us not forget well-bred and well-fattened free-range poultry whose delicate flesh, with the addition of a cream-and-mushroom sauce, will be lapped up in the unctuous and noble texture of this wine. Even a simple piece of veal, fried or in sauce, would be raised to heavenly heights by the Montrachet’s long and subtle acidity. Serving temperature: 12 to 14°C.
The Montrachet family consists of five Grands Crus grown in the two villages of Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. These two share the Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet appellations. Chevalier-Montrachet and Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet belong to Puligny-Montrachet, Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet belongs to Chassagne-Montrachet. These Grands Crus are the most southerly of the Côte de Beaune, and lie between Meursault in the North and Santenay in the South. Their origins go back to the Middle Ages - the work of the Cistercian abbey of Maizières and the Lords of Chagny. The wines of Montrachet (pronounced Mon-rachay) came fully into their own in the 17th century. There is no argument: this is the finest expression of the Chardonnay grape anywhere on earth ! The appellations Grands Crus date from 31 July, 1937.
The underlying rocks date from the Jurassic, 175 million years BC. Exposures lie to the East and the South. Altitudes: 265-290 metres (Chevalier) ; 250-270 metres (Montrachet) ; 240-250 metres (Bâtard, Bienvenues, Criots). In the Climat of Montrachet, the soils are thinnish and lie on hard limestone traversed by a band of reddish marl. In Chevalier, the soils are thin and stony rendzinas derived from marls and marly-limestones. In the Bâtard Climat soils are brown limestone which are deeper and, at the foot of the slope, more clayey.