Bienvenue Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru 2011

Olivier Leflaive

The 9 acre Grand Cru of Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet sits entirely within the confines of Puligny and is bordered by Bâtard-Montrachet and Puligny 1er Cru Les Pucelles.

Terroir: Bienvenue-Bâtard sits on a lightly pitched portion of the hillside as you transition from 1er Crus of Puligny to the Grand Crus. Soil composition is made up primarily of clay and limestone that tend to hold a bit more water than sites further up the hill leading to wines that are fleshier and more typically more accessible when young.

Vinification: Grapes are sorted and aged in barrel for a minimum of 12 months. 30% of the barrels are new, the remainder are 1-3 years old. Battonage (stirring of the lees) occurs often during the winter months to encourage the unique characteristics of this vineyard. Following aging the wine is lightly fined, blended and placed in stainless steel where it will rest for another 3 months before bottling.

Additional Information

A noble wine with exceptional purity and aromatic finesse, flowers of the vine, preserved citrus, grilled almond. The palate is elegant. A wine with a promising future.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Bienvenue-Bâtard-Montrachet
  • Winemaker: Franck Grux
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Calcareous
  • Vineyard Acreage: 3.68ha total
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
    A strikingly elegant nose of honeysuckle, pure orchard fruit, lemon zest, pain grillé and a hint of spice marries into rich, generous and relatively full-bodied flavors that possess ample dry extract. There is a highly sophisticated mouth feel to the intense finish that is shaped by a moderately firm and ripe acid spine, all wrapped in a palate staining and perfumed finish.
    Grade: 90-93 pts

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