The Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet AOC
is a Grand Cru appellation of the Côte de Beaune, in the Côte-d'Or.
The villages of Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet share the Montrachet and the Bätard-Montrachet appellations. Chevalier-Montrachet and Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet belong to Puligny-Montrachet, Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet belongs to Chassagne-Montrachet. These grands crus are the most southerly of the Côte de Beaune vineyards and lie between Meursault to the north and Santenay to the south. Their origins go back to the Middle Ages and the work of the Cistercian Abbey of Maizières and the Lords of Chagny. The wines of Montrachet (pronounced Mon-rachay) were at the height of their fame in the 17th century. No one disputes that this is Chardonnay at its very best! Montrachet is also a family consisting of 4 closely-related grands crus: Chevalier-Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet (Grand Crus AOCs in 31 July 1937).
Characteristics of the wine:
Although there are subtle differences between the different climats, they also share many common traits. Their colour is gold flecked with emerald, darkening to yellow with age. The bouquet of Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet evokes butter and warm croissants, bracken, dried fruit, spices and honey. Body and bouquet are indistinguishable, so closely blended are structure and harmony into a single perfect whole. Unctuous and firm, dry and caressing, enveloped and profound, these wines combine every virtue in an uncompromising personality.