Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay 1996

$699

1996 is particularly successful for Batard-Montrachet. Leflaive's explodes from the glass with highly-expressive mineral, hazelnut and toasty oak aromas. On the palate, this full-bodied, silky and awesomely rich wine has highly-delineated yet fat and layered waves of white fruits, stones and spices. Brawny yet feminine, powerful yet elegant, this gem is a tour de force! Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Ratings on Delectable

Charles Antin Delectable Pro

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

Doesn’t get any better.

Doesn’t get any better.

9.8

Seth Morgen Long Delectable Pro

Broker • Arterberry Maresh / Winemaker • Morgen Long

Tactile and deep reduction, perhaps over the top, but I kept returning here and was transfixed by the oak, acidity and energy. I have a feeling the reduction in this wine is beyond limit for some, but I loved how gracefully it has become, integrated into oak and with such searing acidity. Tremendous showing

Tactile and deep reduction, perhaps over the top, but I kept returning here and was transfixed by the oak, acidity and energy. I have a feeling the reduction in this wine is beyond limit for some, but I loved how gracefully it has become, integrated into oak and with such searing acidity. Tremendous showing

9.7

Charles Antin Delectable Pro

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

@Ben Beres this was insanely good.

@Ben Beres this was insanely good.

9.4

Greg Gregory Delectable Pro

A great comparison to the BBM of the same vintage. A touch rounder and more elegant. These are amazing wines! Again, out of magnum.

A great comparison to the BBM of the same vintage. A touch rounder and more elegant. These are amazing wines! Again, out of magnum.

9.6

Charles Antin Delectable Pro

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

Precise and exacting yet no severe edges.

Precise and exacting yet no severe edges.

9.4

Max Coane Delectable Pro

96 leflaive generally scares me and the fill wasn't what it should be but good lawd this baby sang! Classic batard elegance

96 leflaive generally scares me and the fill wasn't what it should be but good lawd this baby sang! Classic batard elegance

9.5

Dade Thieriot Delectable Pro

No pre-oxidation here! This was one of the top three wines from a total of 17 we tasted--Chardonnay doesn't get any better than this--a perfect bottle!

No pre-oxidation here! This was one of the top three wines from a total of 17 we tasted--Chardonnay doesn't get any better than this--a perfect bottle!

10

Eric Hastings Delectable Pro

Beverage and Bar Coordinator Jean-Georges NYC

Grand Cru white burg

Grand Cru white burg

9.5

Ron Siegel

Paired with the 92 Ramonet. I thought the Leflaive showed slightly better as it seemed fresher & more complete

Paired with the 92 Ramonet. I thought the Leflaive showed slightly better as it seemed fresher & more complete

9.4

Ron Siegel

La Paulee Gala

La Paulee Gala

9.5

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