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2011 Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin
1er Cru Les Corbeaux
Denis Bachelet is one of those perfectionist producers that we can't get enough of. Everything at this tiny 4ha domaine feels elevated.
Of course, the issue is the quantities that are available. With Bachelet, it's always ugly.
Bachelet's Gevrey Corbeaux comes from vines that are very old, ranging from 60 to 70 years. Bachelet's Corbeaux is a powerful, deep and complex wine (it really does come near Charmes in the weight it can throw around) - it always shows an impressive concentration and Gevrey's typical muscle, but it carries its weight effortlessly, leaving an impression of delicacy and discreetness.
Corbeaux is a mysterious little plot of dirt, prone to be overlooked, sandwiched as it is directly next to the Grand Cru Mazis-Chambertin and the village of Gevrey-Chambertin itself. The vineyard is tough to classify, yet the choicest parcels create a wine that mirrors the complexity of the site itself and the mysteriousness that surrounds Corbeaux always make it undervalued.
2011 is a vintage where everything that we like about Bachelet is on display. On the Corbeaux specifically, the wine boasts a spine of ultra-pure mineral and soil notes that combines with multifaceted dark fruits and spice. Overall, the 2011 Corbeaux delivers a stunning amount of precision and length.
It's this detail and harmony that promises the Corbeaux will age beautifully. Almost every bottle of old Bachelet Corbeaux that I've tasted has left a deep impression on me - the way it evolves to such depth and refinement is extraordinary.
To be honest, there's very little of this, but the 2011 Corbeaux is a wine that very much deserves attention.
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Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits
John Gilman: The 2011 les Corbeaux is another exceptional wine in the making, with a very pure and minerally profile wrapped up behind its youthful front. The deep and properly reserved nose wafts from the glass in a refined blend of cassis, black cherries, espresso, woodsmoke, black minerality and a stylish base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and primary, with a rock solid core of fruit, great transparency, fine-grained tannins and outstanding length and grip on the very minerally finish. A beautiful wine in the making.