Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru 2017

Domaine Faiveley


“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.

Additional Information

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.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Bâtard-Montrachet
  • Winemaker: Jerome Flous
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: White Marl, Clay
  • Vineyard Acreage: .5ha
  • Avg Vine Age: Date to 1966
  • Alcohol: Under 14%
  • Sizes Available: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019
    "Aromas of fresh pear, ripe citrus fruit, dried white flowers and praline introduce the 2017 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru, a full-bodied, elegantly textural wine with a ripe core of fruit, excellent tension at the core, bright acids and chalky structuring extract, concluding with a lively, saline finish. Nicely integrated and impressively complete, it's one of the finer Bâtards I've tasted from Faiveley."
    Grade: 92-94 points
  • Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
    "Pale yellow. Inexpressive and backward on the nose but quite pure, hinting at pineapple, white peach, citrus peel and menthol. Then juicy and penetrating in the mouth, conveying a stronger impression of acidity and salinity than the Bienvenue; this wine is more floral, while the Bienvenue shows more lemon and mandarin orange fruitiness. Here the easy fruit is already disappearing and the terroir is beginning to emerge owing to a very early malolactic fermentation (in January), but this powerful, sappy grand cru will need time to evolve in bottle."
    Grade: 92-94 points

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