2019 St Aubin, Le Charmois, 1er Cru, Jean-Claude Bachelet & Fils, Burgundy

2019 St Aubin, Le Charmois, 1er Cru, Jean-Claude Bachelet & Fils, Burgundy

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2019 St Aubin, Le Charmois, 1er Cru, Jean-Claude Bachelet & Fils, Burgundy

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Description

From a cool, east-facing vineyard adjacent to Chassagne Premier Cru Les Chaumées, this is a more mineral and taut wine than the equally excellent Champlots. It’s tremendously persistent on the palate, with a thread of steely acidity. Aromas of butter oak – from 25% new oak – and ripe citrus add to its charm. Drink 2023-2028. 

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Neal Martin, Vinous90-92/100
The 2019 Saint-Aubin La Charmois 1er Cru is a step up in quality on the nose compared to domaine’s Village Crus. There is fine delineation and real terroir expression here. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, very harmonious with nectarine and stem ginger notes, quite taut on the finish but reassuringly persistent on the aftertaste. It deserves 2-3 years in the cellar. Good potential.
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About this WINE

Jean-Claude Bachelet

Jean-Claude Bachelet

Jean-Claude Bachelet is considered one of the most conscientious wine producers in St Aubin. The wines are exceptionally well balanced, with understated character and good medium-term ageing potential.

Benoît and Jean-Baptiste Bachelet now head up the estate, having taken over from their father Jean-Claude (who died in 2020). Jean-Claude previously sold much of the estate’s crop to négociants, but nowadays they bottle almost all their wines.

Benoît and Jean-Baptiste have now moved to superb new cellars in the hamlet of Gamay, next to St Aubin.

In the vineyard
The brothers have been experimenting with biodynamic viticulture in the vineyard and have plans to extend this across their holdings in St Aubin, Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet.

In the winery
The basic principle of a long, slow barrel-ageing for almost two years remains in force, while the state-of-the-art winery has improved consistency.

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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 often seen as the king 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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