Robert Parker – 93-95
The 2013 Montrachet Grand Cru comes from Prieur’s two parcels and was picked on October 3, the same day as the Chevalier-Montrachet. Ten barrels were produced, nine of them new. This is fuller on the nose compared to the Chevalier, and like Chartron’s Montrachet, there is a sense of roundness and generosity here. The palate is crisp and balanced, demonstrating a touch more depth than the Chevalier and with a long, spicy finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026
Vinous – 93-94
(12.3% alcohol; tasted from cuve, where it was still on its fine lees, as Gublin wanted to maintain maximum reduction because she thought the fruit was fragile): Pale yellow. Aromas of ripe peach, honey and menthol. Larger-scaled than the Chevalier-Montrachet, conveying a sweet impression to its lemon and honey flavors, but with salty minerality provding force. The Chevalier-Montrachet is more delicate, but this wine really saturates the palate and builds on the end. A comparatively low-alcohol version of Montrachet but with no lack of power.
Burghound – 92-94
Like the Chevalier this is restrained to the point of being almost completely inexpressive and it is only by aggressive swirling that the pretty yellow orchard fruit, spice and citrus hints reveal themselves. There is outstanding power and richness to the generously proportioned, fleshy and full-bodied flavors that are solidly concentrated and perhaps a bit more mineral-driven than usual on the palate staining finish that, like the Perrières, is borderline chewy. This isn’t quite as intense as the Chevalier but there is even better depth. A qualitative choice.