This has a very flamboyant and complex nose already and there is much to offer with a full array of chardonnay fruit, from citrus to peach and into even more exotic, tropical notes. The palate has a super plush, fleshy and flamboyant feel. There’s concentration of flavor, density of texture and fluidity to the shape and depth in the finish. A classic Montrachet, from a plot on the Puligny side between DRC and Ramonet. Drink across the next 20 years.
|Score: 98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019|
Like the Chevalier there is some residual SO2 present on the notably floral-suffused nose that primarily consists of various white orchard fruit, tangerine peel and spice. There is even more size, weight and richness to the big-bodied flavors that also possess an abundance of dry extract that imparts a lush mouth feel to the palate coating and highly persistent if notably compact finish that is no longer than that of the La Cabotte but it is slightly more complex. This is going to require extended patience if you wish to see it at its peak.
|Score: 95||Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, June 2019|
From a parcel sandwiched between the holdings of Ramonet and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the 2017 Montrachet Grand Cru wafts from the glass with notes of oatmeal, lemon curd, ripe yellow orchard fruit and praline, subtly framed by new wood. On the palate, the wine is satiny, deep and complete, with a classily reserved profile that's concealing impressive reserves of concentration and structure, underpinned by juicy acids. It's a terrific Montrachet that may match the 2014 rendition.
|Score: 94/96||William Kelley, Wine Advocate, January 2019|
The 2017 Montrachet Grand Cru comes from 0.88 hectares of vine between Ramonet and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. It has a stoic, backward, linear bouquet that is far less expressive than either Chevalier-Montrachet. It eventually offers wet limestone and green apple scents. The palate is well balanced, not powerful or even the most complex Montrachet that I have tasted from Bouchard, but it feels very harmonious, with a smooth, lightly spiced finish. Drink 2022-2042.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, vinous.com, January 2019|
Revisited from bottle, the 2017 Montrachet Grand Cru is showing brilliantly, exhibiting a profound bouquet of yellow orchard fruit, fresh peach, white flowers, honeycomb, freshly baked bread and wheat toast. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a textural attack that segues into a layered core that's underpinned by lively acids, concluding with a long and resonant finish. While this is already quite aromatically flamboyant, at least a decade's patience will be rewarded.
|Score: 96||William Kelley, RobertParker.com, January 2020|
Deep aromas of mirabelle, spices and iodiney minerality. The fattest and largest of these '17s, both more tactile and sweeter than the Cabotte. Much easier to taste today as well, owing to its ripe yellow fruit flavors. But this also shows more energy than the Cabotte and finishes with a serious tannic spine and the rocky minerality to support a slow evolution in bottle. While showy already, this should be long-lived in the context of its vintage. Bouchard harvested its Chevalier-Montrachet and Montrachet vineyards between September 6 and 8 in 2017. (14% alcohol)
|Score: 93/95||Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, September 2018|