We tasted through an exceptional range of wines with Marc Bachelet, the whites having perfect poise and balance while the reds have expressive red fruit, the result of ‘exceptional ripeness’ of tannin. He believes that their whites are very reflective of each vineyard, having the density of 2005 but with more freshness. Marc reported that yields were good but not excessive and the harvest had been early, starting on 28th August for whites and 2nd September for reds.
Two young brothers, Alex and Marc Bachelet, have quickly established Bachelet-Monnot as one of the star estates of the southern Côte de Beaune. Its creation in 2005 followed a reorganisation of the Bachelet family holdings in Maranges, Santenay, Chassagne and Puligny-Montrachet and was boosted in 2011 when the boys’ father, suitably impressed with their achievements, handed over the rest of his vines to their careful ministrations. They now have 22 ha – 8 ha of which are in Maranges – and many of the vines are old, reducing average yields to 35 hl/ha. The estate isn’t quite organic but is ‘très lutte raisonnée’ (very sustainable) as they prefer the right to use contact treatments when absolutely necessary. The combination of the old vines and this careful vineyard management results in concentrated, pure fruit, qualities the brothers aim to transmit into bottle as best as possible. They therefore never use bâtonnage (stirring up the lees) as they feel it hides the purity of the whites, instead pressing a little harder to achieve extra lees for the wines to feed off. The white wines are also not marked by oak because they use larger 350 litre barrels. The resulting wines are to be tasted in a stylish tasting room whose modernity contrasts with the old stone of the pretty courtyard beside the family house in Dezize-lès-Maranges.