Denis Bachelet Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2017 - Burgundy
Bottle size: 750ml
Maximum buy quantity no greater than 3 bottles.
Vinous: 90-92 Points
Matured in around 50% new oak the 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes has (another) gorgeous and pure bouquet with small dark cherries raspberry preserve and subtle violet notes. The new oak is seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple red and black fruit lightly spiced with a slightly confit-like finish. Divine.
Wine Advocate: 91 Points
Reviewed by William Kelley Issue Date 9th Jan 2020 Source January 2020 Week 2 The Wine Advocate The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes is also showing beautifully wafting from the glass with aromas of cassis plums and cherries mingled with sweet soil tones grilled meats and dark chocolate. On the palate it's medium to full-bodied broad and textural with a velvety attack lovely purity of fruit and a long precise finish. Denis Bachelet began his 2018 harvest on September 2 and concluded it by September 7 and he is justly satisfied with the results. Textural and generous while avoiding extremes and nicely defined by site this is a lovely vintage chez Bachelet as well as one that is—by the standards of this micro-domaine—generous in volume. As well as tasting through Denis's superb range of 2018s we revisited the suppler more transparent 2017 vintage from bottle which is another great success for Bachelet but one cut from very different stylistic cloth. As I remarked last year followers of this estate will be familiar with the rudiments of the contemporary Bachelet style: old vines destemmed berries and gentle extraction followed by élevage in barrels of which up to 30%—for the Charmes-Chambertin—are new and most of which derive from Tonnellerie Rémond. As I have reported in the past Bachelet has been punching down less since the 2014 vintage evolving in the direction of finesse and structural suppleness—an evolution most evident in his Gevrey Corbeaux—but even in a vintage such as 2017 his wines certainly don't lack depth. This is one of my favorite estates in Burgundy and though small production and high demand make them hard to find I encourage readers to seek out Bachelet's exquisite wines.
This minute Burgundy wine estate, now reaching just 4ha in size of vineyards in Gevrey-Chambertin, 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 full.
Denis was born in 1963 in the town of Spy in Belgium – his father had fallen in love with a local girl when he came to visit Spy on an outing with the Gevrey Chambertin choir! Denis would visit his grandparents in Gevrey in the school holidays and came to love the magic of the vigneron’s world. He became fully involved in winemaking from 1981, shortly after his grandfather’s death: whether fortuitously or not the Bachelet wines were outstanding in ’81, an otherwise damp and difficult vintage, and the Charmes Chambertin remained a joy to drink over the following 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 in the vineyard, 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 control of his wines and winery.
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