This is slightly more complex if a bit less elegant with its equally broad-ranging nose of apple, pear, white flowers and mandarin orange, all of which is trimmed in just enough wood to warrant mentioning. There is outstanding volume to the concentrated, powerful and palate coating flavors that are supported by a firm acid spine on the tension-filled and massively persistent finish. This is a big yet well-balanced Bâtard that should age for a very long time yet be approachable after only 5-ish years or so. *Don't Miss!*
Palish yellow. Bright, subtle aromas of pear drop, white peach and lemon. Juicy and lively in the mouth, with fresh acidity giving cut to the wine's very intense citrus fruit flavors. Really titillates the taste buds on the very long, penetrating finish. Boillot told me he harvests Bâtard for healthy acidity (4.4 grams per liter in this case, with a pH of 3.13). "I don't pick it late at 14.5%," he explained. "For me, Chardonnay at 12.5% is ripe. A white wine needs energy." (ST)
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