Why Big Red Diary?
10 notes



2009 Ramonet Noel, Bienvenues-Bâtard-MontrachetMay. 2011
High-tones and a hint of spearmint(!) Full and round again with that characteristic welling-up of intensity. Lithe and energetic – almost electric – wow!
2009 Pernot Paul, Bienvenues-Bâtard-MontrachetJan. 2011
This needs a little time to open in the glass, getting wider in the process – there’s clearly something a little ‘extra’ here. Here there is a higher mineral expression but the texture is plusher at the same time. Never super-wide, this wine manages to grow and grow in your mouth, finishing on an understated but long note.
2009 Leflaive, Bienvenues-Bâtard-MontrachetDec. 2010
Floral with pretty yellow/green fruits. Full and round with a lovely balance yet impressive intensity – it’s hard to keep in the mouth. Quickly narrows but holds onto the core flavour long into the finish – a flavour that’s half fruit/half floral. Harmonious wine!
2006 Remoissenet Père et Fils, Bienvenues-Bâtard-MontrachetOct. 2010
Wide aromas that are more floral than fruit-driven. Full, with just enough acidity despite the opulence that surrounds it. This was a wow wine for its first couple of years – it is now more subdued, hoping for a far-off day of glory.
2006 Carillon Louis, Bienvenues-Bâtard-MontrachetMay. 2009
A whiff of SO2 defines the first interaction – it’s even still there after about 20 minutes in the glass but on a much lower level. The fading of the sulfur reveals a width of aromas and some very pretty higher tones and eventually a little caramel. For the vintage there’s very decent acidity and a really beautiful width of creamy, dreamy ripe fruit – it seems to go on and on. No fireworks – if anything it’s a little tight – but it’s a very, very competent demonstration of a grand cru.
2006 Remoissenet Père et Fils, Bienvenues-Bâtard-MontrachetApr. 2009
The Bienvenues noss shows creamy, dense, very wide and complex aromas – wow. In the mouth there is fat and concentration, yet there are nicely clean flavours, delicay and balance – thanks to fine acidity. The finish is very long but majors on barrel components right now. Simply super.
2006 Leflaive, Bienvenues-Bâtard-MontrachetDec. 2008
Still high-toned, but the nose is more fruit-driven with this wine, over a creamy base but integration could be a little better. Concentrated, flavourful and intense fruit. Very long too, but where’s the acidity to make it sing?
2002 Leflaive, Bienvenues-Bâtard-MontrachetNov. 2005
Medium yellow colour. The nose has depth combined with a high-toned top note. Lovely texture, waxy without becoming cloying. Long, still oak tinged at the end. The mid-palate shows a high-toned profile, somewhat mineral rather than fat. Very balanced and accomplished, but missing a hint of excitement.
1995 Leflaive, Bienvenues-Bâtard-MontrachetJul. 2005
Versus the Bâtard the colour is a little deeper – more golden too. The nose is higher toned and a little less burly, riper though still with plenty of oak. Despite this wine being decanted an hour earlier it’s another hour in the glass before the nose reaches its peak. Overall this is a fantastic wine that just doesn’t quite show the precision of the Bâtard but anyway very fine.
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