Domaine Faiveley Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 2015
|Region||France, Burgundy, Cote de Beaune|
The story tells how the Lord of Puligny divided out his lands between his children, giving his son what became the ’Chevalier-Montrachet’ and his daughters inheriting ’Les Pucelles’. Yet the story also tells how he held his illegitimate ’bastard’ son in great affection. This son received, in addition to a plot like his half-brother and his two half-sisters, two other plots including the, ’Bienvenues’ (Welcome), which in the choice of its name shows the really special endearment the lord had for this child.
This is supple and beautifully balanced, paving the way for apple, lemon cake and baking spice flavors. Fresh and resonant on the long finish. Seems forward, but this should develop nicely over the medium term. Best from 2019 through 2028. 40 cases imported. -BS (Nov 30 2017)
The 2015 Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru from Faiveley's own holdings opens in the glass with notes of green orchard fruit, lime, pastry cream and vanilla pod, lavishly framed by new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, glossy and concentrated, with chewy extract and a deep, layered mid-palate, its acids bright and succulent and its finish long. While I'd have appreciated a less overt application of new oak, the wine's substance is as impressive as its equilibrium, so there's much to admire here.
Pale, bright yellow. Expressive aromas of apple, lemon drop and noble herbs. Juicy, supple and suave, showing good spicy lift and restrained sweetness to its citrus and peppery herb flavors. I’m not sure I get grand cru palate presence or depth here but this wine boasts excellent acidity and definition for 2015 and finishes clean and persistent. Fabulous aromas of crushed lemons, stones, yogurt, flan and cooked apples follow through to a full body, round and rich fruit and a flavorful finish. Dense and so long. Fantastic potential. (Sep 2017)