Grapelive Daily Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2005 Morey-Coffinet Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru White Burgundy, France.
Michel and his wife Fabienne are both from Burgundian wine heritage, he from the famed Morey family and she from Pillot clan and formed their own Domaine in the late Seventies from a dowry of vineyard plots with extensive histories and known for quality. Their wonderful and still very tight and youthful 2005 Batard-Montrachet is the pure essence of this fabled site and will not disappoint even the most seasoned of Grand Cru lovers with its lovely fullness and striking minerality. The nose is still subtle and fresh with citrus and stones, but once the air starts to breathe it really puts on a show, with lots of pear, apple and peachy rich fruit. There is a zesty lemon curd and clove spice, plus the liquid mineral feel that adds complexity and depth to this balanced and well crafted Chardonnay. The only downside, as it is with all great wines and especially Grand Cru Burgundies, and that is the price, you will pay for it being rare and good every time. ($180 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive