Background information

In vintage 2003: acidified his wines, and as a result, "I did do some bâtonnage to make sure that it completely integrated.”
In vintage 2007: current free SO2 target is 30-35 ppm. Not clear when this level began.
In vintage 2009: Roger Belland switched from natural cork to DIAM closures (agglomerated cork with a binding material. DIAM claims lower oxygen permeability than natural cork and virtually non-existent TCA)



  • Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet (20 Jan 2006): badly oxidised [Michael Lux]
  • Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet (11 Feb 2006): not really oxidised but NO ACIDITY at all. Off bottle [Michael Lux]


  • Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet (Mar 2012): Not oxidized. Delicious wine, gold color, long finish [Kurt]