2005 Lafarge / 2006-07 Bachelet Charmes: Two Favorites

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Two Favorites
2005 Lafarge Volnay Chenes & Caillerets
2006-2007 Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin

A rather random offer for this Friday - the common thread here is that these two producers are among our very favorites.

Both make profound examples of their respective villages (Volnay and Gevrey-Chambertin) - but both make paltry amounts of wine that tend to disappear rather quickly.

We have written about both producers extensively in the past.

For Lafarge, you may remember such hits as: "Classic Volnay: 2009 Lafarge", "Lafarge from the Vault", "Achingly Beautiful Volnay" and who can forget "2008 Lafarge: 'Zen-like'".

Today we have a very small parcel of Lafarge's 2005 Chenes and Caillerets. These wines are for all intents and purposes unavailable anywhere and they will disappear instantaneously. Act quickly here.

We've written about Bachelet a bit less than Lafarge, but that's because he produces such little wine. Denis Bachelet farms only 3 hectares of vineyards - Clive Coates calls him a "one-man band." Still, we've penned these little numbers for those who want to relive the excitement: "$30 Burg without Compromise" and of course the sultry "Gevrey, in Silk Sheets".

Today we have a duo of his Grand Cru Charmes from 2006 and 2007. This comes from a 0.44-hectare (yes, less than one-half of one hectare) plot of 90-year-old vines. This is one of Gevrey's, one of Burgundy's, greatly loved and greatly sought-after wines.

Obviously this offer goes out only to those of you who have supported our Burgundy program. We will take all orders and then allocate as fairly as possible - please respond as quickly as you can with your maximum order.

To order, email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Have a great weekend!

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2005 Lafarge / 2006-07 Bachelet

2006 Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin

Burghound: "Despite being harvested first, this is clearly the ripest wine in the range where the wonderfully dense fruit is highlighted by a background touch of wood that continues onto the refined, pure and concentrated flavors that are supported by dense but fine tannins and flat out terrific length. This is a lovely wine in every respect and while not exactly understated, everything does seem to be in perfect proportion."

2007 Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin

Burghound: "There is also a trace of reduction but it's so mild that the expressiveness of the sexy plum, violet and black and blue pinot fruit is not compromised. The big-bodied, round and delicious flavors seem more forward than they really are because like the Corbeaux this positively exudes dry extract which pushes the firm tannins to the background as the superbly well balanced finish both stains and coats the palate on the finale. Terrific potential here and Bachelet almost never misses anymore with this wine."

2005 Lafarge Volnay 1er Caillerets

Burghound: "This is more aromatically complex still with ethereal notes of red and black fruit, floral notes, particularly violets and subtle spice and earth hints trimmed in a discreet bit of wood where all of this aromatic firepower precedes the rich, generous and impressively refined flavors that possess superb depth of extract that buffers the firm tannins on the structured, powerful and hugely long, indeed explosive finish. A 'wow' wine."

2005 Lafarge Volnay 1er Clos des Chênes

Burghound: "A beautifully elegant and highly complex nose of extract of dark berry fruit that is both elegant and complex serves as a dramatic introduction to the big-bodied, indeed even robust flavors that are firm, dense and incredibly concentrated, all wrapped in a palate drenching finish that just oozes dry extract and gives a velvety texture to the unbelievably long finale. This is a wonderfully gifted wine that has everything it needs to age gracefully for multiple decades and it will need 12 to 15 years in a cool cellar to really hit its stride. This too is one of those 'wow' wines."