Bienvenue 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: Bienvenue-Bâtard-Montrachet sits in the shadows of Bâtard Montrachet above the 1er Cru vineyards of Puligny Montrachet. The overall vineyard is just 10 acres with Domaine Faiveley controlling a single parcel of 1.25 acres almost directly below their parcel of Bâtard. Soils remain consistent to Bâtard with clay and white marl, but as the hillside has flattened, the wines produced tend to be more “Puligny” like showing elegance over power.

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 characterized by aromas of stewed fruits and candied lemon. The finish is fresh and lively with exceptional length.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Bienvenue-Bâtard-Montrachet
  • Winemaker: Jerome Flous
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: White Marl, Clay
  • Vineyard Acreage: .6ha
  • Avg Vine Age: Date to 1961
  • Alcohol: Under 14%
  • Sizes Available: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Saturday, September 1, 2018
    "(aging in 30% new and the rest once-used barrels): Bright, pale lemon-yellow with a green tinge. Unusually ripe on the nose for a wine normally marked by its citrus character, projecting aromas of pineapple, coconut, menthol and wet stone lifted by wild herbs. Concentrated and quite primary, with its ripe nectarine fruit framed by harmonious acidity and firm mineral spine. The long finish features a hint of saline chewiness and a light touch. Technical director Flous predicts that "the terroir will arrive after the fruit has been digested by the wine.""
    Grade: 91-94 points

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