Background information

  • Fiche technique du Criots Batard Montrachet 2001:

Vinification:
Récolte manuelle en petites caisses. Raisins pressés très doucement avec un pressoir pneumatique. Débourbage statique. Pas de levurage et pas d’enzymage. Pas de chaptalisation. Fermentation en fûts (228 l). Fermentation très longue : 90 jours.
Elevage du vin :
La cave est froide d’où une évolution très lente des vins. FML en fûts. Bâtonnés 1 fois/semaine. Soutirés au mois de Juillet ( les vins sont poussés avec de l’air comprimé donc jamais pompés). Collés à la caséine et à la bentonite. Filtration légère au kieselgur. Mise en bouteille (par gravité) après 12 mois.
  • In vintage 2003: "we did no bâtonnage at all, limited the élevage period to 12 months, mostly in demi-muids (300 liter barrels) and bottled in September."

Wines

1996

  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (Nov-Dec 2008): My good friend and tasting companion Michael Zadikian reports two bottles were both brilliant, fabulous wines with no hint of premox. [Don Cornwell]
  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (2 Nov 2011): partially oxidized bottle from the same case as above [Don Cornwell]
  • St Aubin Murgers des Dents de Chien (Nov 2013): not oxidised but mature and showing some burnt rubber/mercaptan on the nose [MLT]

1997

  • St Aubin En Remilly (May 2015); very advanced and clearly on the way down [J. Poell]

1999

  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (23 Jun 2006): oxidized [H Steininger]
  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (28 Feb 2007): not oxidized, super wine -- see related notes of 1999 tasting [Don Cornwell]
  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (Oct-Dec 2008): tasted four times, one partially oxidized, once very advanced/tired and two brilliant bottles [Don Cornwell]
  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (26 May 2009): partially oxidized [Don Cornwell]
  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (10 Jul 2010): not oxidized, but mature [Don Cornwell]
  • Puligny-Montrachet "Tremblots" (May 2005):oxidised [Michael Lux]

2000

  • Criots Batard Montrachet (23 Jun 2006): not oxidized [H Steininger]
  • Criots Batard Montrachet (18 Jun 2007): not oxidized. See notes of 2000 tasting. [Don Cornwell]
  • Criots-Batard-Montrachet (5 Feb 2008): fully oxidized. See notes of 2000 tasting. [Don Cornwell]
  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (11 May 2008): another oxidized bottle. Distressing. [Don Cornwell]
  • Criots-Batard-Montrachet (May -Dec 2008): five more bottles tried-three oxidized and two very tired and not remotely close to the bottles I had in 2007 and previously. A huge disappointment. [Don Cornwell]
  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (26 April 2009): purchased in Burgundy in 2005. Oxidized. [Dana Gaiser]
  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (28 Jun 2009): two bottles from original stock -- one badly oxidized and the other fully mature [Don Cornwell]
  • St Aubin Clos de la Chateniere (Mg) (09 Oct 2006): not oxidised [Michael Lux]
  • St Aubin Clos de la Chateniere (June 2013) oxidized - totally shot (R DeAngelo)
  • Saint-Aubin En Remilly (11 Sep 2004): not oxidised [Jan-Tore Egge]
  • Saint-Aubin En Remilly (13 Jan 2007): not oxidised [Jan-Tore Egge]
  • Saint-Aubin Frionnes (22 May 2005): not oxidised [Jan-Tore Egge]
  • Saint-Aubin Frionnes (7 Jan 2006): not oxidised [Jan-Tore Egge]

2001

  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (2 Apr 2009): three consecutive bottles opened on one evening. Every one of them completely oxidized and one nearly as dark as root beer. [Don Cornwell]
  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (3 July 2009): another completely oxidized bottle -- disgusting [Don Cornwell]
  • Criots-Batard-Montrachet (14 May 2010): dark golden colour and oxidised [Paul Anderson]
  • St Aubin Murger des Dents de Chien (Oct 2008): not oxidised [C North]

2002

  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (17 May 2009): not oxidized, but lacking grand cru density this wine normally has [Don Cornwell]
  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (7 June 2009): not oxidized, but once again lacks grand cru density [Don Cornwell]
  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (6 Sep 2009): not oxiidized, much better than last two bottles [Don Cornwell]
  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (18 Feb 2010): not oxidized and another good bottle. See 2002 Tasting Notes, Night Two. [Don Cornwell]
  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (2 Nov 2011): not oxidized, nice wine. [Don Cornwell]
  • St Aubin En Remilly (2 Nov 2010): not oxidized [C North]
  • St Aubin En Remilly (May 2017) not oxidized (R DeAngelo)
  • St Aubin Murger des Dents de Chien (31 May 2005): not oxidised [G Deschamps]
  • St Aubin Murger des Dents de Chien (30 March 2006): not oxidised [Michael Lux]
  • St Aubin Murger des Dents de Chien (22 Dec 2008): not oxidised [C North]
  • St Aubin Murger des Dents de Chien (4 Aug 2010) significantly oxidized; color has not changed noticeably but the premox flavors are clear [C North]
  • St Aubin Chateniere (Nov 07) not oxidized (R DeAngelo)
  • St Aubin Chateniere (Jan 09) not oxidized (Dana Gaiser)
  • St Aubin Chateniere (April 10) not oxidized [C North]
  • St Aubin Chateniere (Aug 10) significantly, but not completely, oxidized -- slight hint of oxidation on opening, significantly oxidized within an hour [C North]
  • St Aubin Murger des Dents de Chien (22 August 2008): not oxidized [J McCormick]
  • Puligny-Montrachet Les Tremblots (14 May 2010): not oxidised - excellent condition [Paul Anderson]

2003

  • St Aubin Chateniere (Dec 09) not oxidized [C North]
  • St Aubin Chateniere (April 10) not oxidized [C North]
  • St Aubin Murger des Dents de Chien (Jul 09): not oxidised [C North]

2004

  • Criots-Batard Montrachet (2 Nov 2011): partially oxidized [Don Cornwell]
  • St Aubin Derrière Chez Edouard (Jan-Jun 11): 4 bottles opened: 2 oxidised, 2 excellent [Magnus Wold Ueland]

2005

  • Puligny-Montrachet "Tremblots" (February 2010): Oxidized [Eric Brown]
  • St Aubin Clos du Meix (Jul 10) not oxidized and very young; 4 bottles consumed (Dana Gaiser)

2006

  • St Aubin Frionnes (Jan 2015) oxidized - from 375ml (R DeAngelo)

2007

  • St Aubin En Remilly (May 2014) not oxidized - very fresh (R DeAngelo)
  • St Aubin Derrière Chez Edouard (Oct 2015) not oxidized (R DeAngelo)

2008

  • St Aubin En Remilly (1 Nov 2010): not oxidized [Jan-Tore Egge]
  • St Aubin En Remilly (April 2016): not oxidized excellent bottle [Suzanne Camhi)

2011

  • St Aubin Frionnes(June 2016): not oxidized, young [Adrian Latimer]
  • St Aubin Derriere Chez Edouard(Dec 2016): not oxidized, young [Adrian Latimer)
  • Chassagne Concis du Champs (March 2017): young, very fine (Adrian Latimer)
  • St Aubin Chateniere (June 2017): not oxidized, mineral & young [Adrian Latimer)