2013 Domaine Faiveley Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

SKU #1249832 94 points James Suckling

 A bright and intense white with layers of dried apple, dried pineapple and pear. Full-bodied and round. Plenty of fruit. It's bright and delicious already. Drink or hold. (JS)  (6/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator

 A tight skein of lemon, apple and spice is fused to the vibrant structure in this linear white. A bit pinched on the finish for now, but should stretch out nicely with a little time. Indeed, with a few hours of air, this gains in richness, harmony and complexity. Best from 2018 through 2028. 30 cases imported. (BS)  (12/2014)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is also attractively pure and airy, indeed this is unusually elegant for the appellation with its slightly more expressive nose of white flower, citrus, pear and light spice hints that is framed by a touch of wood toast. There is fine richness and muscle to the broad-shouldered flavors that possess the usual volume and power of a fine Bâtard though not the same precision of the Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, all wrapped in a lingering and mouth coating finish. Once again, this should be approachable, and enjoyable, young.  (6/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Pale yellow. Restrained aromas of apple, spices and minerals. More obviously stony and youthfully imploded than the Bienvenue, but already conveys captivating delicacy and a light touch to its intense pear and white peach flavors. A real live wire today, but this is also a very refined example of Batard-Montrachet. Should evolve slowly and gracefully; in fact, I may be underrating this wine today. (ST)  (9/2015)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.