2012 Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin
1er Cru Les Corbeaux
"I very much like the complexity and this is very Corbeaux in character." -Burghound
I have to say this from the start: there's not much of this wine.
Even in the context of the very short 2012 vintage, Bachelet's yields were low. And Bachelet is a tiny estate. Basically, it's brutal.
Bachelet's Gevrey Corbeaux comes from vines that are very old, ranging from 60 to 70 years in age. It is a powerful, deep and complex wine - it always shows an impressive concentration and Gevrey's typical muscle, but it carries its weight effortlessly, leaving an impression of fine-ness and discreetness.
As Burghound's note makes clear, in 2012 Corbeaux is amplified. What's always impressed me with Corbeaux is how it combines the noble and the sauvage. There are unmistakable wild notes of earth, game and smoke. This is combined with an impeccable precision and nuanced delicacy. Corbeaux is a cool site and while this adds a rustic edge it also endows the wine with a cool elegance.
I'm going to keep this short. Bachelet's perfectionist methods and the results are well known. I'll just mention that 2012 is a really impressive vintage at Bachelet in the way it combines intense concentration and snappy clarity.
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