“The story goes that when the Lord of Puligny had to share out his lands between his children, he gave his legitimate son the plot which was to become the ‘Chevalier-Montrachet’ and his illegitimate son, three plots named ‘Bâtard-Montrachet’, ‘Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet’ and’ Criot-Bâtard-Montrachet’. As for his daughters, they were to receive a plot named ‘Les Pucelles’ (The Maidens).”
Domaine Faiveley combines the principles of modern winemaking methods with the time honored traditions that have been practiced for centuries within their 19th century cellars. Each terroir and each vintage, benefits from special attention which makes the cuvées unique. Each bottle therefore becomes the faithful reflection of its terroir.
Terroir: One of the most famous, most powerful and most luxurious of all white wines; the Grand Cru of Bâtard Montrachet sits majestically above 1er Cru vineyards of Puligny Montrachet directly below Le Montrachet. The 1.2 acre plot owned by Domaine Faiveley sits in the upper portion of the vineyards north section just above Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet. These easterly facing vines were planted as far back as 1966 and sit in heavy soils of clay and white marl.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested and sorted upon arrival at the domaine. The grapes are cold fermented entirely in oak prior to aging in the cellars for 14-16 months in a combination of new and used oak. New barrels represent approximately 70% of the selection.
Pale, clear yellow color and an elegant yet powerful nose combining white and yellow fruits, white flowers (acacia and orange blossom) and freshly baked brioche. The palate is delicate yet distinctive and characterised by aromas of stewed fruits and candied lemon. The finish is fresh and lively with exceptional length.
Score: 93 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
Score: 92 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
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