Bachelet, Jean-Claude

  • Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Jean-Claude Bachelet
  • The more I drink the Bachelet bothers' wines, the more I admire them. Over dinner in Puligny-Montrachet in 2020, a bottle of the domaine's 2009 Blanchot-Dessus was served blind. The entire table—which included several of my favorite Côte de Beaune winemakers—immediately jumped to the 2010 vintage and a top appellation. When the year was revealed to be 2009, we were all immensely impressed, as one does not need many fingers to count the producers who achieved such dynamic results in that generous but facile vintage. Other recent bottles have been similarly compelling, so one of my resolutions for 2021 is to buy more of these wines for my private cellar.   But what of the 2018 vintage? The wines have turned out beautifully: they're ampler and more open-knit than the stunning 2017s, in keeping with the style of the vintage, but long élevage has worked its magic and the wines have picked up plenty of depth and texture during their two winters in barrel. While my emphasis at this address is on tasting finished wines from bottle, as they can be hard to read only 12 months after the harvest, I also took the opportunity to look at several 2019s, and this appears to be an even more exciting vintage in the making." - William Kelley, Wine Advocate, January 2021

Jean-Baptiste (first vintage 2005) and Benoît Bachelet (first vintage 2000) are now the primary winemakers at the family domaine, which has been making wine since the early 17th century.  The domaine is based in the village of Gamay, a hamlet of Saint-Aubin, and they have ten hectares, producing half red and half white. Almost half of the vineyards are in Chassagne-Montrachet, another 40% of the vineyards are in Saint-Aubin, and the remaining 13% of their holdings are in Puligny-Montrachet. All of the vineyards are estate-owned, and they started conversion to biodynamic production in 2012. In 2016, all ten hectares were managed following biodynamic principles. Although it means a lot more work in the vineyards, the brothers find that the wines have more precision and you get a stronger sense of terroir. 

Vinification is natural with indigenous yeasts and slow fermentations. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels on fine lees. This means that the wines have two winters in the cellar, which contributes to the finesse, depth and structure of the wine, necessary for its aging capacity.

Allen Meadows considers the Bachelet wines "worth-seeking" out, in the same camp as Pierre Yves Colin Morey, Oliver Lamy, and Henri Prudhon. (Burghound #63, June 2016)

Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB9793-18
91WA
Bachelet, Jean-Claude Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Macherelles
2018
Chardonnay
Full east exposure. Macherelles is normally the most open upon release of Bachelet's 1er Cru. Native fermentation. Aged in French oak... Read More
France

DB9791-18
Bachelet, Jean-Claude Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Le Charmois Blanc
2018
Chardonnay
Charmois has a lot of iron and clay in the soil. Aged in French oak barrels for 24 months (less than 15% new). 30-45 g/L sulfur added at... Read More
France

DB9790-18
Biodynamic
Bachelet, Jean-Claude Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Champlots Blanc
2018
Chardonnay
More limestone in the soil compared to Charmois. Native yeast fermentation in stainless steel. Aged in French oak barrels for 24 months,... Read More
France

DB9786-18
Bachelet, Jean-Claude Bourgogne Rouge
2018
Pinot Noir
From vines in the Chassagne area (classified Bourgogne). Aged in neutral barrels. Very juicy and fresh.
France

DB9789-17
Bachelet, Jean-Claude Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge Vieilles Vignes
2017
Pinot Noir
The majority of the fruit comes from a parcel called Concis du Champs and a small part comes from Les Buttes. It's structured and the most... Read More
France

DB9789-18
Bachelet, Jean-Claude Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge Vieilles Vignes
2018
Pinot Noir
The majority of the fruit comes from a parcel called Concis du Champs and a small part comes from Les Buttes. It's structured and the most... Read More
France

DB9788-18
Bachelet, Jean-Claude Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Derrière la Tour Rouge
2018
Pinot Noir
From a .91 hectare parcel situated “behind the church tower” in Gamay, planted with 40 year-old vines with south/southwest exposure. 100%... Read More
France