2019 Domaine Faiveley Batard Montrachet Grand Cru
Domaine Faiveley was founded in 1825, and while they have been known for producing outstanding quality wines throughout this time, they are widely considered one of the most improved domaines in Burgundy over the last decade. Since taking over from his father Francois, Erwan Faiveley has made a deliberate decision to emphasise freshness and purity of fruit rather than fruit extraction, and at times, excessive use of new oak. This change has resulted in wines with greater refinement and vineyard character expression.
Rich and muscular, the 2019 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru exhibits aromas of pear, citrus zest, toasted nuts, honeycomb and white flowers. Full-bodied, broad and powerful, with lively acids and an ample core of ripe fruit, it's the most dramatic wine in the range. If it can pick up some additional tension during a second winter on the lees, my score will seem conservative.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)
The 2019 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru conveys much more terroir expression on the nose, offering chalk dust and wet limestone aromas; great intensity here. The taut, fresh palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, a mineral-driven finish and commendable persistence. This is a step above the Bienvenues this year and it should age with style. Bon vin!
Neal Martin - Vinous
If anything, the Bâtard has the fresher colour of the two, or perhaps less yellow, but the nose is softer and creamier. Less in the fruit register, more powerful, even though these are the same rows of vines as the Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, just slightly up the slope! More stones here, so the soil drains better. The fruit is agreeably lifted on the palate, ultimately the more classic, the more stylish of the two. A wine for greater reflection over a long period. Impressive.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy