2016 St Aubin, Murgers Dents de Chien, 1er Cru, Domaine Jean-Claude Bachelet, Burgundy

2016 St Aubin, Murgers Dents de Chien, 1er Cru, Domaine Jean-Claude Bachelet, Burgundy

Product: 20161171501
2016 St Aubin, Murgers Dents de Chien, 1er Cru, Domaine Jean-Claude Bachelet, Burgundy

Description

The nose displays seductive aromas of lemon and gunflint which draw you in. The palate is incredibly dense and complete, with delightful peach fruit and a core of citrus acidity culminating in a long, saline finish with hints of smoky oak. A truly stunning wine, this is one of the best in the cellar and indicative of the heights St Aubin can reach. Sadly, it’s available in very limited volumes. Drink 2020-2025.
Adam Bruntlett, Burgundy Buyer

With the move to superb new cellars in the hamlet of Gamay, next to St Aubin, Benoît and Jean-Baptiste Bachelet have taken over from their father Jean-Claude, though he may still be seen with his wartime vintage truck ferrying the grapes at harvest time. The basic principles of a long slow barrelageing for almost two years remain in force, while the state-of-the-art winery has improved consistency. In the vineyard, the brothers have been experimenting with biodynamic viticulture and have plans to extend this across their holdings which are in St Aubin, Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet. With vineyards mostly located in St Aubin and Chassagne-Montrachet, the Bachelet brothers – Benoît and Jean-Baptiste – had a torrid time in 2016 thanks to the frost, losing 75 percent of their crop. Despite the terrible spring weather and resultant disease pressure, they stuck to their biodynamic methods. The crop was so small, in fact, that they had to fill 44 unused barrels with water and sulphur dioxide to keep them fresh until they get another decent crop. There is no Chatenière in 2016 and many of the other cuvées are very small indeed.
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Jean-Claude Bachelet

Jean-Claude Bachelet

Jean-Claude Bachelet used to sell the majority of his crop to négociants. Nowadays the estate bottles virtually all of its wines and is considered as one of the most conscientious wine producers in Saint-Aubin. His sons Benoit and Jean-Baptiste are now involved and there has been a further step up in quality and consistency.

Jean-Claude Bachelet's estate has holdings in Saint-Aubin, Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny Montrachet and Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet.

The white wines are matured in wooden barriques, of which around 10% are new. Bachelet's wines are exceptionally well balanced and display understated citrus and mineral characteristics. They possess good medium-term ageing potential.

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Saint Aubin

Saint Aubin

Though tucked away in a side valley behind the two ‘Montrachet’ villages, Saint-Aubin is a great source of fine, steely white Burgundy and some attractively fruity reds. Production used to be about 50:50 between the two colours, but the whites have become the more sought-after and now represent two-thirds of the crop. There is a significant difference however between the best Premiers Crus – such as En Remilly – and the vineyards tucked away further up the valley.

  • 80 hectares of village Saint-Aubin
  • 156 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (15 in all). The finest include En Remilly, Murgers des Dents de Chien, La Chatenière, Les Frionnes
  • Recommended producer: Hubert Lamy

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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