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Domaine Bachelet Puligny-Montrachet Sous le Puits Premier Cru 2015
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"Reduction presently flattens the nose. Otherwise there is better size, weight and punch to the lightly mineral-inflected middle weight flavors that possess better than average delineation in the context of the vintage, all wrapped in a saline, delicious and sappy finish. Solid quality here." - Allen Meadows, burghound.com
Oak barrique for 18 months
Vineyards & vinification:
Made from vines with an average vine age between 35 and 45 years. All grapes from single vineyard vines from the Sous le Puits vineyard in Puligny-Montrachet.
We first came to know of this domaine when dining at La Gourmandine with Jean-Marie and Vicki Fourier. We asked them the simple question: “What white wine producer is making waves in Burgundy?” They simply replied: “Go and see the Bachelet brothers, before everyone else begins breaking down their door.”
Domaine Jean-Claude Bachelet has a rich history dating all the way back to the 17th century. A small and relatively unknown estate, they own a modest 9 hectares across the less fashionable but underrated village of Saint-Aubin, as well as Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet. They are located in the small village of Gamay, tucked deep into the hills of Saint-Aubin. It is equally split between red and white, with mainly premier cru vineyards, although on a smaller scale grand cru is also made (the Bienvenue-Batard-Montrachet), as well as village and regional wines.
Initially the domaine was no more than a grower for the local négociants, until passed into the hands of Jean-Claude. Creating and bottling his own wine, he refused any visits by wine critics to the domaine - most likely another reason few have heard of this domaine.
Today Jean-Claude’s two energetic sons, Jean-Baptiste and Benoit, oversee their father’s legacy. The family philosophy of respecting the character of each terroir and their traditional approach carries on today. Long and rigorous work in the vineyard, with a strong attention to detail, results in fine fruit reaching the cellar. Once there, a non-interventionist approach is followed, allowing each wine to express its own character. The use of new oak is restricted to 10%, which prevents the gentle subtleties from being drowned out. With a good potential to age, you can expect wines in perfect balance.
This domaine is a great example of the younger generation taking an old, under the radar domaine to exciting new heights.