Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2016, Domaine Faiveley
Domaine Faiveley has one of the finest portfolios of Burgundy vineyards comprising 12 hectares of grands crus and 27 hectares of premiers crus. As with Maison Joseph Drouhin, I believe the scale and diversity of the vineyards gave Domaine Faiveley more latitude to deal with the impact of frost on the 2016 vintage. This Bâtard-Montrachet 2016 is still fairly closed on the nose and offers up just a gentle whiff of fresh peach. There is an impressive range of fruit flavours on the palate including satsuma, lime, lemon, and Cox's apple. Some plumpness which is typical of the Bâtard-Montrachet terroir. There is a somewhat hot finish and good minerality rather than over-the-top minerality that I have found in many of the wines from Puligny and mid-slope Meursaults. Some similarity to 2008. For this vineyard and the price (!) I am missing a wow factor. This scores 80-86/100. The background to the price is the devastation of many vines in the grands crus vineyards by frost: £2,700 for a case of 12 bottles in bond which is £272.60 per bottle retail. One for the millionaires.