2014 Domaine Faiveley Bienvenues Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru

Year: 2014
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 97
Vinous Media: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 96--Burghound: 92-95
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"Offers power and grace, showcasing lemon oil, peach, apple and white flower aromas and flavors. Harmonious, lulling you with elegance and a gossamer texture until the afterburners kick in on the superb finish. Latent mineral notes should emerge with time. Best from 2019 through 2034. From France. -B.S"(WS)

"Pale, bright yellow. Subtle scents of white peach and underripe pineapple are enlivened by stony minerality, peppermint and high-pitched brown spices. Juicy, dense and penetrating in the mouth, with brisk acidity framing the white peach and stone flavors. Lovely subtle sweetness here. The very long, slowly building back end is rich and smooth, communicating lovely aromatic lift and a light touch. A very vibrant 2014." (VM)

"This wine is rich, concentrated and ripe. With its opulent mix of yellow fruits, citrus and sliced apple-a real fruit salad-it is also balanced with spice and wood flavors. The fruit is rich and will develop well. Drink this from 2020." (WE)

"A distinctly restrained nose only grudgingly allows glimpses of the pear, honeysuckle and citrus aromas. There is outstanding intensity to the round, generous and quite seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that possess that wonderful quality of underlying tension which adds a real sense of lift to the wonderfully long and complex finish where a hint of bitter lemon appears. This is both classy and refined plus it's beautifully well-balanced and thus should gracefully age for years if desired." (BH)

Winery notes:
Bienvenue-Batard-Montrachet sits in the shadows of Batard 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 Batard. Soils remain consistent to Batard with clay and white marl, but as the hillside has flattened, the wines produced tend to be more "Puligny" like showing elegance over power.

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.