Jean-Claude Bachelet Chassagne-Montrachet "Les Encégnières " 2017


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Alcohol : 13,5%

Grape(s) : Chardonnay

Localisation : Côte d'Or, Burgundy, France

Tasting Notes : Crystalline with a golden hue and light tints. Very elegant nose exuding woody hints. Perfectly well-balanced palate. Very long on flavors of tropical fruit and hazelnut mingled with hints of spice. Excellent w/ Fish and Seafoods with fresh herbs.

95pts Wine Enthusiast : Lemon oil, flint and creaminess unite on this wine’s subtle nose. The palate comes in with a rounded, creamy presence that combines yeasty richness, textural charm and chalky depth with the ripeness and freshness of lemon oil. This wine is concentrated, energetic and bold, channeling its drive towards a lasting finish that lets lemon and chalk speak clearly. Drink 2025–2045.

The Domain : 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.