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1996 Verget Batard-Montrachet
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97 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 1998

Powerful aromas of citrus oil, pear, apple, flowers, spices and beurre blanc. Remarkably concentrated and intense, in fact almost painful today. Shows a distinctly chewy texture that comes from strong extract. An incredibly intricate yet large-scaled Batard, already displaying extraordinary inner-mouth flavors and three-dimensional texture. As long on the finish as any '96 I have tasted to date, with the possible exception of Guffens' own Chablis Bougros. Flavors of pear skin and mineral dust resound in the mouth.

93 Points | Wine Spectator
98-100 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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