The Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet AOC
has been a Grand Cru appellation of the Côte de Beaune in the Côte-d'Or, since 1937. On the label, the name Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru must be shown immediately below the name of the appellation in the same size font. Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet can only be produced in the commune of Chassagne-Montrachet.
The Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet AOC faces due east and south and lies at between 240 and 250 metres altitude. In Montrachet, the soils are fairly thin and lie on hard limestone traversed by a band of reddish marl. The 1.57 hectare Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru classified vineyards only permit a small production of about 73 hectolitres per year, making it extremely rare.
The appellation of the Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru wines produces only white wines, which are made from one of the flagship grape of Burgundy, the Chardonnay. Although there are subtle differences between the different climats, they also share many common traits. Their colour is gold flecked with emerald, darkening to yellow with age. The bouquet of Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru evokes butter and warm croissants, bracken, dried fruit, spices and honey. Body and bouquet are indistinguishable, so closely blended are structure and harmony into a single perfect whole. Unctuous and firm, dry and caressing, enveloped and profound, these wines combine every virtue in an uncompromising personality. The exceptional characteristics of the Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet appellation wines are made even more remarkable thanks to the work of Chanson Père & Fils, Domaine d’Auvenay and Domaine Roger Belland in particular.