- Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France
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)