Absolutely Stellar - 2010 Bachelet Cote de Nuits Villages

Posted by Ian McFadden

"The 2010 Bachelet wines are absolutely stellar" -John Gilman
2010 Bachelet Côte de Nuits Villages

Each time I taste Bachelet's wines I am convinced that he is making some of the most noteworthy, authentic wines in the whole of Burgundy.

For a man who commands such a huge following, Bachelet's estate is disproportionately small, with just under four hectares. Production is downright meager - his benchmark Charmes-Chambertin alone comes in just under 200 cases every year.

And while the Charmes is undoubtedly the crown jewel of his stable (with a price tag to match), few producers' entire line-ups overdeliver, from top to bottom, the way that Bachelet's does.

Even Bachelet's Bourgogne Rouge is killer. Perhaps the greatest value, though, is Bachelet's Côte de Nuits Villages

Today, we offer a tiny parcel of Bachelet's 2010 Côte du Nuits, sourced from four parcels that total a meager .37ha. The size of the parcel combined with the very low yields of the 2010 vintage mean that quantities are ridiculously small.

Bachelet's 2010 Côte de Nuits Villages is one of the best versions of the wine that I've tasted. There's a precision, an energy to it that I love. Bachelet's wines are always transparent, but in 2010 their expression is pristine.

The Côte de Nuits Village is sourced from four different parcels in Brochon, a town just north of Gevrey. This is an insider village - a place that produces very high quality fruit. John Gilman writes, "the more I taste wines such as this from the village of Brochon... the more I am convinced that eventually Brochon will have its own AOC."

Above all, 2010 Côte de Nuits Village is a pleasure to drink - it's so aromatically pure and so fresh with this beguiling sense of underlying tension that practically begs for another sip. It's also structured to age on the mid-term, say 5-10 years. The balance and the acid backbone promise a fascinating evolution.

As mentioned above, the quantities are very small, it's likely that we'll have to allocate. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

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

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