The Bâtard-Montrachet AOC
is a Grand Cru appellation of the Côte de Beaune in the Côte-d'Or. On the wine label, the Grand Cru name must appear directly below the name of the appellation in the same size font. The Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
appellation covers the communes of Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet.
In Montrachet, the soils are fairly thin and lie on hard limestone traversed by a band of reddish marl. In Bâtard, the soils are brown limestone, deeper with more clay, at the foot of the slope. The eleven hectares of Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru classified vineyards permit a small production of 500 hectolitres.
The appellation of Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru wines produces only white wines, which are made from one of the flagship grapes of Burgundy, the Chardonnay. Although there are subtle differences between the different climats, they also share many common traits. Their color is gold flecked with emerald, darkening to yellow with age. The bouquet of Bâtard-Montrachet white wine 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. The Bâtard-Montrachet wines from Domaine Faiveley, Domaine Joseph Drouhin and Louis Jadot are worthy representatives of the excellence of the appellation.