Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru "Les Criots"
A vineyard of 1.57 ha, Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet is the only Grands Crus to be located entirely within the commune of Chassagne-Montrachet. At an altitude of 240m, it is situated a little lower than its neighbors Chevalier-Montrachet and Montrachet.
Situation géographique et terroir
A vineyard of 1.57 ha, Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet is the only Grands Crus to be located entirely within the commune of Chassagne-Montrachet. At an altitude of 240m, it is situated a little lower than its neighbors Chevalier-Montrachet and Montrachet. The soils of this very well exposed parcel are made of scree and are relatively well-drained. "Criots" comes from "chalk", the subsoil is composed of Bathonian limestone sometimes mixed with clay. Legend has it that at the time of Crusades, there was a castle on the hill of Montrachet. The Lord sent his only to the Holy Land to fight. The man had a young mistress whom he met at the “Clos de la Pucelle”. She had a child. The son who went on the Crusade was named Chevalier-Montrachet, and the illegitimate child, Bâtard-Montrachet. When the Chevalier-Montrachet died in the Holy Land, the lord took his illegitimate son as his successor, who was acclaimed: “Welcome to the Bâtard-Montrachet!” Legend has it that the lord, inconvenienced by his young son’s crying, cried out in the Burgundian dialect “a crio (he shouts) l’Bâtard”. After the destruction of the Château, the vines would bear the names of these characters, in memory of this story.
Immediately after the harvest, the grapes are pressed in whole bunches in a vertical pneumatic press, then we carry out a static settling of the juice for 24 hours at 12°C.
The musts are then put directly into barrels and the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are carried out in a single 240 litre barrel. The wine is then aged on its lees for a total of 24 months, without racking.
Light toasting known as blond toasting.
The barrel is made each year specifically for this plot. This "piece" is first used to vinify a first growth of the estate, and is then used for the vinification of our Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet.
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