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“This luxurious blend is treated to all of winemaking’s
bells and whistles… you can taste the joy.”

Belinda Chang
Gourmet Magazine
Winter/Spring, 2011

“Unusual grace... Batàr is a gem.”
Antonio Galloni
2009

“Sublime… Endowed with layers of sweet fruit
interwoven with mineral and sweet toasted oak
notes, it offers outstanding length on the palate…
It is not to be missed.” 92/100

Robert M. Parker Jr.
The Wine Advocate
June, 2007

“Perhaps the most ambitious Pinot Blanc on the planet”
Jancis Robinson, MW
www.jancisrobinson.com
December 14, 2004

“A dream of a white”
Hugh Johnson
Pocket Encyclopedia of Wine
1999

Technical information
Varieties: Chardonnay (50%); Pinot Blanc (50%).
Viticulture: Biodynamic since 2000; organic since 1988.
Average production: 15,000 bottles (1,250 cases).
Appellation: Toscana IGT
First vintage: 1988
Average yield: 25 hl/ha
Average alcohol content: 13.5% vol.
Ideal serving temperature: 6–8° C (43–47° F)
Benefits from decanting.

About this wine
The vineyards from which Batàr originates have
been organically farmed since the wine’s first vintage:
1988. A full conversion to biodynamic techniques
was later carried out in 2000.
   The Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay grapes are
processed through micro-vinification: Pressing,
fermentation and élevage are conducted separately,
on a lot-by-lot basis.
   Grapes are picked in 8 kilo crates and juice
is gently extracted with a bladder press.
Alcoholic fermentation takes place in French
barriques, where the separate lots also undergo
full malolactic fermentation.
   Barrel maturation takes 9 to 12 months.
Once élevage is complete, lots are selected, through
extensive sampling, for the final blend.
   After blending, the wine is transferred into cement
tanks for a period of six months. The wine is then
bottled and rests for a further six months before release.
   It is best to consume Batàr once the wine has
reached maturity, approximately three and a half to
four years after harvest. The wine’s maturity plateau
is four to twelve years after harvest.
   No animal products or byproducts are used
in the production of this wine, making it
suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Formats
Batàr is bottled and packaged exclusively
in the following formats:
0.750 liter [6 bottle wooden case];
1.5 liter [1 bottle wooden case].
In exceptional vintages,
3.0 liter [1 bottle wooden case] are produced.

Historical footnote
Between 1988 and 1991 the wine was called
Bâtard-Pinot, which was a blend of Pinot Blanc and
Pinot Gris. Between 1992 and 1994, the name was
Bâtard (without ‘-Pinot’), because Chardonnay had
been added to the blend. In 1995 the name was
changed to Batàr, in order to avoid confusion with
French AOCs of Burgundy whose name contains
the word ‘Bâtard’ (Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet,
Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet).

Tech sheet
Download the tech sheet here.

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