Burghound - Don't Miss. Relatively heavy reduction again renders the nose tough to judge. On the plus side there is terrific volume and mid-palate concentration to the big-bodied flavors that possess unusually good refinement in the context of what is typical for Bâtard and this is particularly so for the racy and tightly wound finale. Like the CC this beauty is going to require extended bottle aging but should very much be worth the wait. Range: 92-94
Only 2.5 barrels were made. Its bouquet is very dense but exceptionally backward, as befits a Grand Cru. On the palate, the fruit absolutely swells, with a very engaging lime mineral thread while all the expected weight remains in superb balance. This is incredibly persistent.
“This is definitely the best vintage I have made in white,” says winemaker Benjamin Leroux. “The wines have great vineyard definition; I would just have loved to have made more. It is my style of vintage.” His reds, too, have gorgeous layers of ripe fruit, so 2014 is clearly a significant success all round for Benjamin.