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Domaine Denis Bachelet Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2019 750ml
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Domaine Denis Bachelet Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2019

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This tiny wine estate, now encompassing just 4 hectares in size in Gevrey-Chambertin in the Burgundy's Côte de Nuits, has been run almost single-handedly by the magical Denis Bachelet since 1983. His ability for making pure, graceful wines seems to be entirely natural and he exploits this gift to the fullest. Denis, having been born in Belgium, would visit his grandparents in Gevrey on school holidays and came to love the magic of the vigneron’s world. He became fully involved in winemaking from 1983, shortly after his grandfather’s death; whether fortuitously or not, the Bachelet wines were outstanding in that year, an otherwise damp and difficult vintage. The Charmes-Chambertin remained a joy to drink over the next fifteen years. 

La finesse avant tout--finesse before all things--is Denis Bachelet’s watchword and this shows in every wine he makes. There is more attention paid to yields, a better selection of barrels in the cellar (about one-third new oak for the Gevrey-Chambertin and 50% for the crus) and a feeling of a man in absolute control of his wines and winery.  Denis of course believes that the quality of the wine comes from his work in the vineyard, which now includes green harvesting whenever a patch of vines threatens to set too heavy a crop. At harvest time, the grapes are sorted in the vineyard to remove anything rotten or otherwise dubious, and from 2003, a further triage has been carried out on a new vibrating sorting table. 

The grapes are 100% destemmed, then crushed which Denis prefers for color extraction. After a cool pre-fermentation maceration for up to a week, the vats get to work fermenting the juice with natural yeasts fermentation. As soon as fermentation has finished the contents of the vats are pressed off and left to settle in tank for a week before putting in barrel. Simple but sensible winemaking, amended according to intuition if need be. And the viticulture at the estate is conducted with Lutte raisonnée (aka sustainable).

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The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes contains what fruit was eked out from Evocelles this year. It has a clean, precise bouquet of black cherries, iodine, violet and light sous-bois aromas that soar from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a granular texture, impressive weight and disarming elegance and harmony on the finish. Try finding a better Village Cru than this in 2019... you won't. 91-93 Points.

December 2020
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Bachelet's 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes has turned out beautifully in bottle. Soaring from the glass with aromas of cherries and raspberries mingled with sweet spices, licorice, rose petals and orange rind, it's medium to full-bodied, velvety and layered, with terrific concentration, lively acids and a long, perfumed finish. As readers will remember, this cuvée incorporates the domaine's holdings in Les Evocelles this year.

William Kelley, January 20, 2022
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