Total area : 46,02 ares
Planted : 1977
The Bienvenues Bâtard climat is tucked within that of Bâtard, a tiny patch of 3.7 hectares, and the first records of it date back at least six centuries. Our plot of 0.46 hectares is one of the biggest. Planted in 1977, the vines face the rising sun.
Varietal : 100% Chardonnay
Soil and subsoil : Pebbly clay-limestone on a gentle slope.
Plantation density: 10 000 vines per hectare
Pruning system : Guyot
Latest news from the vineyard : Gaps in the vines have recently been replanted. The plants are earthed up in the winter, and are sprayed with a nettle and rhubarb infusion, and preparations of horsetail and silica, tansy, sage, and yarrow. They are treated with biodynamic preparations 500 and 501 at the end of winter and in the spring, and again with 501 before flowering. They are thinned out in the spring.
This little part of the Côte de Beaune is located some 10 kilometers south of Beaune, and is where some of the greatest white Burgundy wines are produced. It is surprisingly different to our steeply sloping terroirs on the Côte de Nuits. This flattish-topped, arid hill used to be called “Mont Rachet”, literally “Bald Mountain”, which over the years was corrupted into Montrachet.
According to legend, the name of this white Grand Cru comes from how the Seigneur of Montrachet divided up the land between his two sons. One became a chevalier or a knight, and fought the enemy during the Crusades, and the other was illegitimate, giving rise to the name of Bâtard-Montrachet, located just beneath Montrachet.