Radically Overperforming - Bachelet: 09 Bachelet Cote de Nuits-Villages & 10 Bourgogne Rouge

Posted by Ian McFadden

Radically Overperforming
Bachelet: 2009 Côte de Nuits-Villages & 2010 Bourgogne Rouge

Bachelet is one of our favorite producers. Simply put, he has a magic touch. There may be no better example of this than how Bachelet radically over-performs in humble categories.

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.

The issue is that there's a rather dramatic disparity between the size of the estate and the fame of the estate. There's just not enough wine to go around. Our Bachelet offers always sell out quickly, so we'll keep things brief.

When it comes to finding affordable, soulful Burgundies, Bachelet's Bourgogne Rouge and Côte de Nuits-Villages are some of the first bottles we reach for. These are bottles that over-deliver in a big way. We've penned countless emails on these bottles for exactly that reason.

Bachelet's Bourgogne Rouge is in a unique class. Only Chevillon, Mugneret-Gibourg and Lafarge produce Bourgogne Rouge that can even approach the quality that Bachelet issues forth.

In regards to the 2010 Bourgogne Rouge, Burghound just comes out and says, "This is excellent for its level and worth a look." In 2010, the Bourgogne Rouge has an incredible detail and clarity. The expression is pristine and yet, for all its freshness, it still offers plenty of nuance and depth.

The '09 Côte de Nuits-Villages boasts lots of muscular Gevrey character complete with notes of topsoil. The wine tends to be forward and a touch more rustic than those of Gevrey, but this lends an extra dimension of character to the wine that adds fascination. The 09 Côte de Nuits is sourced from 30-year-old vines planted in Brochon, the town just north of Gevrey. This is an insider village - a place that produces serious fruit.

We should mention that Bachelet's '09s are stunning. John Gilman calls them, "clearly amongst the best wines made in the 2009 vintage."

Anytime I see a well-priced parcel of Bachelet, I snap it up. These are wines that I can't get enough of and we can never keep in stock. They're that good.

Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

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

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

Domaine Dennis Bachelet

Burghound: "A notably pure and ripe nose of black cherry and pungent earth aromas leads to delicious, intense and solidly complex middle weight flavors that possess relatively fine tannins and a lovely and balanced finish. This is excellent for its level and worth a look."

Burghound: "This is also quite ripe yet the nose remains fresh, complex and is almost elegant in style with its aromatic profile of floral, black cherry and cassis notes. The earthy middle weight flavors brim with dry extract that buffers the moderately firm tannins on the fleshy and delicious finish... "