Bachelet, Jean-Claude

Jean-Claude Bachelet

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)

"Brothers Benôit and Jean-Baptiste Bachelet called 2015 an "easy and relatively straight forward vintage that gave us good yields in white but very small volumes in red. Overall, we had about the same volume as we did in 2013 and 2014 but the proportions are not at all the same. This is to say that the pinot came in between 20 and 25 hl/ha and the chardonnay between 40 and 45 hl/ha. We picked from the 2nd to the 8th of September and brought in ripe and beautifully healthy grapes that averaged between 12.8 and 13.5% potential alcohols in white with slightly lower amounts in red. The reds are really quite lovely and we picked early enough to have a good compromise between ripeness levels and freshness. They should age reasonably well yet be satisfying young." I found the quality of the Bachelet 2015 whites to definitely rise above what I found elsewhere in the Côte d'Or. (emphasis added) —2015 Vintage notes from Allen Meadows, Burghound, June 2017
 
 
 
Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB9786-16
Bourgogne Rouge
2016
Pinot Noir
From vines in the Chassagne area (classified Bourgogne). Aged in neutral barrels. Very juicy and fresh.
France Burgundy

DB9798-16
Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet
2016
Chardonnay
Native fermentation. Two barrels produced. Aged in 100% new oak barrels for 24 months. 30-45 g/L sulfur added at bottling.   
France Burgundy

DB9792-16
Chassagne-Montrachet "Les Encégnières"
2016
Chardonnay
The basic Chassagne bottling is made entirely from 50 year old vines in the lieu-dit Les Encégnières, which is shared by both... Read More
France Burgundy

DB9795-16
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Blanchot-Dessus
2016
Chardonnay
The domaine’s vines in the premier cru Les Blanchots Dessus were planted in 1929 and they produce a wine of great depth and richness.... Read More
France Burgundy

DB9794-16
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Boudriotte
2016
Chardonnay
From a .16 hectare parcel planted in the mid-1970's. It has a deep clay top soil that is ploughed to push the roots to go down to limestone... Read More
France Burgundy

DB9793-16
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Macherelles
2016
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 Burgundy

DB9796-16
Biodynamic
Puligny-Montrachet "Les Aubues"
2016
Chardonnay
This village Puligny comes from the lieu-dit Les Aubues, an enclave within the better-known Les Encégnières. Crisp with bright... Read More
France Burgundy

DB9788-16
Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Derrière la Tour Rouge
2016
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 Burgundy

DB9791-16
Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Le Charmois Blanc
2016
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 Burgundy

DB9790-16
Biodynamic
Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Champlots Blanc
2016
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 Burgundy