Producer: Domaine Bachelet-Monnot
Two young brothers, Alex and Marc Bachelet, have quickly established Bachelet-Monnot as one of the star estates of the southern Côte de Beaune.
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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.