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Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet is a small grand cru vineyard site, or climat, in the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy. As is the case with all of the region's grands crus, the site has its own specific appellation, created in 1939, which is entirely distinct from the communal appellation of Chassagne-Montrachet – the village in which Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet is located.

Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet wines are dry whites made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes grown within the carefully demarcated limits of the Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet site. They are among the most highly regarded wines in the world – a fact exaggerated by their scarcity. With just four acres (1.6ha) of vines to draw on, Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet is one of the smallest appellations in France, producing only a small quantity of its rare wine every vintage.

The south-east-facing Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet site is located at the foot of the Côte d'Or slopes at an altitude of around 780ft (240m) – a little lower than its neighbours Chevalier-Montrachet and Le Montrachet. Consequently, the brown limestone soils here are slightly deeper than further up the slopes and have a higher proportion of clay. When combined with specific vineyard mesoclimates and orientation, these subtle differences are the essential components of terroir – a concept which is of the utmost importance to Burgundy's winemaking community.

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