2012 Faiveley Bienvenues Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru

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Brand Faiveley
Region Burgundy
Varietal Chardonnay
Size 750ml
Vintage 2012
Country France


"At 820ft (250m) above sea level, Bienvenues-Batard is the closest Grand Cru vineyard to Puligny village. Its position at the bottom of the Mont-Rachet slopes means that its soil is a little deeper and more fertile than further up, making for slightly heavier, richer wines than those of the higher Chevalier-Montrachet site. Even so, the soil on the slopes is still quite thin, allowing the vines to take on all the subtle mineral components of the limestone below and forcing them to grow strong, healthy roots as anchors. The steep slopes and stony soils also provide excellent drainage, which further encourages this root development, resulting in a higher quality of fruit and more-complex wines. As well as imparting mineral qualities to Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet wines, the limestone is also credited with reflecting light back up to the vine canopy, helping the grapes to reach optimal phenolic ripeness. Despite the high quality of wines produced from the site, it remains rather overshadowed by the finer, more elegant qualities of wines from Le Montrachet – the jewel in the crown of Burgundy's white wines.The Batard-Montrachet portion of the climat's name is reported to be a reference to the illegitimate (bastard) son of a local lord (the Chevalier-Montrachet) after whom the vineyard is named. Bienvenue means 'welcome' and is derived from the fact that the site is the most direct entry point to the Grand Cru vineyards from Puligny village. The involvement of local pucelles ('virgins') is reflected in the name of the neighboring Les Pucelles vineyard. Local folklore also incorporates the unfortunate baby's cries in the criots of Criots-Batard-Montrachet. Source - wine-searcher.com"

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