More immediate and generous than the Bienvenue. Brilliantly tense and lively, there is tell-tale Bâtard power and richness here but it sits broodingly in the background. Long, intense. A distinctly well poised and vital Bâtard with typical depth and force.
There is no doubt that Anne-Claude’s wines are going from strength to strength. The bio-dynamic revolution that she started in 1990 seems to have really got into its stride. Her opinion is that it takes about eight years for the effects of this complicated process to be seen, and she confirmed our beliefs that the acidity of the wines was getting better each year. These whites rate among the best Burgundy has to offer. The wines are typically barrel-fermented and aged for several months followed by at least 6 months in steel tank prior to bottling.
Prior to appellation contrôlée in 1939 Bâtard used to be a vineyard of 20.37 hectares, encompassing the Criots and Bienvenue Grand Crus as well as some Chassagne 1er Crus. Today it is still one of the largest white Grands Crus in Burgundy, encompassing 11.97ha. As a big vineyard, and given that it spans both the Puligny and Chassagne communes, style can vary. Generally speaking, though, Bâtard will tend to be a full-bodied, rich and particularly borad-shouldered example of white Burgundy.