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Site: Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet lies in Chassagne, right below the Bâtard-Montrachet vineyard. It is one of the greatest white wines of the Côte de Beaune.
History & tradition: the term "criot" derives from "crai", meaning stony soil.
Soil: located on a mild slope, the soil is a brownish limestone mixed with gravel. The secret of this exceptional terroir comes from the unique interaction between the deep layers of limestone and the roots of the vines.
Plantation density: from 10,000 to 12,500 stocks/ha in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir and l imit the production of each vine stock.
Yield: we aim to keep our yields low, more in line with the previous regulation: around 20% less than allowed by the current law.
Pressing: very slow so as to respect fruit. Juices from the very last pressings are not retained.
The wine goes directly into barrels after "débourbage" (decanting of white wine to reduce sediment).
Type: in barrels (25% in new oak).
Length: 12 to 15 months.
Origin of the wood: French oak forests.
Weathering of the wood: Joseph Drouhin insists on total control of the weathering for a period of 3 years, one of the contributing elements to the elegance of the wine.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"The golden colour shows bright reflections. The aromas reveal complex notes of white fruit associated with touches of vanilla, almond and grilled bread.A very long finale with hints of preserved and ripe fruit".
This vintage produced wines of various styles, some with a rather high acidity level, others offering roundness. The main factor has been the frost. The vines hit by this severe spring frost very often matured later, giving fairly nervous wines, whereas the plots spared by frost reached a more precocious maturity. Many beautiful wines in this multi-faceted vintage.
Temperature: 13°C (55°F).
Cellaring: 8 to 25 years.