($190) Deep but cool aromas of lime ice, white flowers, clove oil and wet stone. Broader, sweeter and denser than the Chevalier; really expands in the mouth. In contrast to the atypically subtle 2002, this is classic big-boned Batard. Finishes very long and broad, with strong minerality and a whiplash of flavor. Niellon traditionally shows this wine after his Chevalier as it's from very old, degenerating vines (|like the Batard of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti and Chateau de la Maltroye,| he notes), planted in 1927. Also tasted: Chassagne-Montrachet*.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: September/October 2003
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
Niellon's 2001 Batard-Montrachet boasts an expressive nose of flowers, pears, and hints of vanilla. Medium-bodied, it broadens on the palate, revealing a thick, silky-textured core of spicy minerals and poached pears whose effects linger in its exceptional finish.. This expansive, powerful wine retains a classy, refined personality even though it wows the taster with its depth and richness. This wine is, unquestionably, one of the finest white Burgundies produced in 2001. Bravo!
Author: Pierre Rovani
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92
Rich, luxuriant aromas of honeysuckle and discreet wood spice are followed by big, intense, powerful, driving yet elegant, mouth coating flavors that are impressively concentrated, impressively complex and curiously for such a robust wine, there is a silky palate impression. If this has anything on the 2001 Chevalier though, at least at the moment, it is just sheer length as this is one of the longest wines I tasted on the entire trip. In short, this is a great Bƒtard and it may one day equal the incredible Chevalier.