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Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2019 750ml
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Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes 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).

Denis Bachelet is a benchmark producer for Charmes-Chambertin. He owns just 0.44 hectares of this Grand Cru vineyard, but it’s the best part right between the villages of Gevrey-Chambertin and Morey-St.-Denis. It’s split into two plots located in the center of ‘Aux Charmes’ with a production of around 2000 bottles per year! The vines in this vineyard were planted between 1907 and 1917, so they are extremely old and historic vines. 

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Theoretically there would be eight barrels of the 2019 Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru, but due to the dryness there are only five-and-a-quarter (exactly). This is exquisitely defined on the nose of crystalline red berry fruit laced with iodine and violet. The palate is very harmonious, featuring more black fruit than red, and very saline in the mouth, with a Mazoyères like structure on the finish. The benchmark Charmes-Chambertin remains... the benchmark. 96-98 Points.

October 2020
Wine Advocate
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A magical wine in the making, Bachelet's 2019 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes soars from the glass with complex aromas of cherries, cassis, sweet soil tones, bergamot, peonies and violets. Full-bodied, layered and velvety, it's sumptuous and enveloping, with a broad and textural attack that segues into an ample, multidimensional and beautifully vibrant mid-palate, concluding with a long and perfumed finish. 95-97 Points.

January 14, 2021
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