Radically Transcending Its Appellation:
2014 Bachlet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes

Posted by Ian McFadden

We've become obsessed with Bachelet's 2014s. Of course, the Gevrey is at the top of the list.

Generally speaking, Bachelet's Gevrey exists on its own plane. On paper, it's a villages wine. In reality, it radically transcends the category.

The shocking quality at this level provides ample evidence of the perfectionism that animates this estate.

I've always loved Bachelet's Gevrey, but I became obsessed with this bottling when I had a 1990 at almost two decades old. It was stunning. Subsequent old bottles of Bachelet's Gevrey have only reinforced how special I think this bottle is with age.

The 2014 Gevrey is outrageously pure and has an agility and class that's seriously impressive. It delivers deep, meaty Gevrey character with all the stunning soil-inspired complexity and bold intensity that entails. For all its dark masculine fruit, there's an intricacy and nuance that's thrilling.

The old vines really make their presence felt in the wine's density and gripping intensity. The vines average 60 to 70 years old, with the oldest dating back to 1932. The bad news is that the yields on these ancient vines are painfully low.

Considering how Bachelet's prices have steadily increased over the past couple of vintages, the 2014 is a serious value when you compare it to 2016 and 2015. In the past few months, we've had a bunch of absolutely brilliant bottles of old Bachelet. There's no doubt that the 2014 Gevrey will age beautifully.

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Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits