Vinous – 94+
Pale bright yellow. Sexy perfume of lemon, lime, clove and white flowers. A step up in weight and power from the Bienvenue, but still with lovely lift to the generous flavors of ripe peach and spices. Wonderfully energetic, tactile wine with terrific rising length and grip, and a late mineral character that contributes finesse. But this big, rich, backward Batard will need time to express itself.
JancisRobinson.com – 17.5
Pale. Quite low key on the nose for a Bâtard. Then some pretty broad fruit on the palate but almost more Leflaive than Bâtard! Restrained and very delineated and with lots of acidity. Not as rich as most though it develops on the end…
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030
Robert Parker – 95
Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. The Batard-Montrachet 2011 from Anne-Claude Leflaive is slightly deeper in color than its peers. The nose is a little austere at first, but it unfolds nicely with impressive mineral (slate and flint) scents, well defined and poised. The palate is well balanced with a keen thread of acidity. There is a bright citric heart to this Batard-Montrachet with fleeting touches of nectarine and citrus lemon joining the edgy mineral finish. This is a classy Grand Cru ” regal but not imposing.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035
Burghound – 94
There is just enough reduction present to warrant decanting this should you decide to try a bottle young though I would strongly advise allowing this at least 6 to 8 years of bottle age first as it would be a waste given how much potential this wine possesses. There is a wonderfully silky texture that adds interest to the tautly muscled and powerful big-bodied flavors that explode on the palate staining and notably dry finish. This is seriously impressive but like the 2012 version it’s finer than it usually is.