Criots-Batard-Montrachet ‘Haute Densité’

Located entirely in Chassagne-Montrachet, Criots-Batard-Montrachet is one of the smallest AOCs in France with an area of ​​only 1.6 hectares and borders the larger Grand Cru Batard-Montrachet. The plot is adjacent to that of Madame Bize-Leroy's Domaine d'Auvenay.

Olivier Lamy of Domaine Hubert Lamy has owned a small piece of this Grand Cru since 2014 and his father and grandfather already had the piece on loan from the Perrot family.

Olivier has planted no fewer than 24,000 vines of Chardonnay per hectare, where the standard is 12,000 vines. This forces the vines to fight harder for nutrients and water. The roots have to go deeper into the ground and because of this the grapes bring out the terroir even more expressively. Growth is also automatically inhibited and the yield per hectare remains naturally low.

Only about 300 bottles of this wine are made per year and we are very pleased that we can offer you a bottle at this auction.

“A candidate for the title of white wine of the vintage in Burgundy this year is Lamy's incredible 2018 Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Haute Densité. Unfurling in the glass with a profound bouquet of citrus oil, clear honey, fresh pastry, mandarin oil and dried white flowers, it's full-bodied, ineffably complete and multidimensional. Its caressingly satiny attack segues into a bottomless mid-palate that displays striking concentration without weight, framed by chalky dry extract. Long and resonant, this is a formidable achievement from a great vigneron at the peak of his powers.”- (96-98)/100, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

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