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The grapes for this wine are grown in the Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru vineyard, a region in the Côte de Beaune famous for Chardonnay. It is named for the serfs who welcomed gifts of lower-altitude vineyard parcels from their Lords (Bienvenue means “welcome” in French). The clay and limestone soil in this area produce wines with clean stone fruit and green apple flavors, with an elegant mineral structure and lasting finish.
An indifferent spring caused uneven flowering and mildew risk. At the end of June the weather changed for the better, continuing into July. Apart from local hail in the Côte de Beaune at the end of July, the summer began well. August arrived fairly cold and variable, but fortunately the last week of the month brought fine, warm weather. The lead-up to harvest saw sunny skies, apart from two days of rain in mid-September. A challenging vintage.
From day one the red wines have had a rich, pure fruit character with fine, silky tannins. The whites offer a good balance between ripe fruit and vibrant acidity. A vintage not to be overlooked because the wines deliver potential and pleasure.