2018 Burgundy: Confounded Expectations (Jan 2020)

The 2018 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru was picked on August 28, the first to be harvested this year. It tends to produce very small berries, according to Leroux, which is no doubt why the nose is very intense, with citrus fruit, lemon curd and light patisserie scents. The well-balanced palate is slightly viscous on the entry. Rich and powerful with an almost lactic, white chocolate and almond finish. One can see why this did not need any new oak. Very fine, though I prefer a couple of Leroux’s premier crus.