Gathering with friends and family for Thanksgiving is a treat. Good food and wine can make these already special moments exceptional. I was fortunate enough to spend my Thanksgiving this year with friends and family drinking the 2010 Domaine Girardin Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet. This amazing white Burgundy was magical. The first sip offered confirmation as to why this Grand Cru is considered to be among the best in the world.
Grand Cru white Burgundies from Puligny-Montrachet are the finest Chardonnays made. Collectors clamor for these rare Chardonnays for their ideal location on the hills of Montrachet. There are only four Grand Cru vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet. If you have not heard of these Montrachets, it's most likely because they are impossible to find.
Bievenue-Batard-Montrachet is a mere 8 acres, compared to 20 acres for its Grand Cru brother, Le Montrachet. Add two years of hail and greatly reduce yields, you have the perfect recipe for why these white Burgundies have become the "White Whales" of the wine world.
Exploding flavors of lemon zest, popcorn, beeswax, and incredible length all define the very first sip. This world-class white has power, elegance, and body. Considering most Grand Cru Montrachets fetch in excess of $750 per bottle, this tiny production white is both extremely rare and special.