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Domaine Denis Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2016

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes was only slightly touched by the frost. It has a perfumed bouquet with black cherries, crushed strawberry, a touch of soy and undergrowth, again, quite complex, although I might prefer the vivacity and nonchalance of the Côtes de Nuits Villages. The palate is medium-bodied with silky tannin and hints of blood orange on the entry mixed with black cherries and blueberry, leading to a satin-like, utterly charming finish that leaves you begging for the next sip.
Barrel Sample: 91-93
V 92
Vinous
Bright, dark red. Very pure, fruit-driven scents and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, boysenberry and licorice; I visited this cellar on a fruit day on the biodynamic calendar and this wine was seriously exuberant. Offers captivating sweetness and thickness, not to mention good power and thrust, to its slightly musky dark fruit and spice flavors. A very suave village wine with supple tannins, lovely length and a light touch.
Barrel Sample: 89-92
BH 92
Burghound.com
A perfumed and very pretty nose features notes of various dark berries, spice, earth and a hint of violet. The rich, naturally sweet and very round medium-bodied flavors possess both excellent mid-palate volume and outstanding depth on the well-balanced finish. As it almost always does, this boxes well above its weight for a villages level Gevrey.
Barrel Sample: 89-92
D 91
Decanter
A blend of several sites, but dominated by the Les Champs Perriers lieu-dit within the borders of Brochon - but entitled to the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation. This cuvée is very elegant this year, revealing a complex nose of red and black cherry, wood smoke, rich soil and a framing of spicy oak. On the palate the wine is medium-full, with a fine chassis of tannins, a gourmand core of fruit and excellent length and persistence.
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Domaine Denis Bachelet

Domaine Denis Bachelet

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Domaine Denis Bachelet, France
When Denis Bachelet took on the domaine in 1983 it covered just 1.8 hectares. Not much, but what there was, was prime land – grand cru in Charmes-Chambertin, a bit of Gevrey-Chambertin on both village and premier cru level and one parcel in the regional Bourgogne appellation. All planted with old vines. But since his grandparents had retired in 1973 everything had to be built up from scratch again. There was no cellar, no equipment. The most recent acquisitions were in 2011 when more Côte de Nuits-Villages and Gevrey-Chambertin Les Evocelles were added to the domaine. At Domaine Bachelet the work is conducted along the lines of lutte raisonnée, sustainable viticulture. The grapes are 100% destemmed, then crushed for colour extraction. After a cool pre-fermentation maceration for up to a week, the vats get to work fermenting the juice with natural yeasts fermentation. As soon as fermentation has finished the contents of the vats are pressed off and left to settle in tank for a week before putting in barrel.
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This small village is home to the Grands Crus in the farthest northerly stretches of Côte de Nuits and is famous for some of the deepest and firmest Burgundian Pinot noir.

Gevrey boasts nine Grands Crus, the best of which are arguably Le Chambertin and Chambertin-Clos de Bèze. As with all of the fragmented vineyards of Burgundy, it isn’t easy to differentiate between the two, which are situated adjacent with Clos de Bèze slightly further up the hill than Le Chambertin. Clos de Bèze has a shallower soil and if you’re really counting, may produce wines less intense but more likely to charm. Some compare Le Chambertin in both power and plentitude only to the prized Romanée-Conti Grand Cru farther south in Vosne-Romanée.

Two other Grands Crus vineyards, Mazis-Chambertin (also written Mazy-) and Latricières-Chambertin command almost as much regard as Le Chambertin and Chambertin-Clos de Bèze. The upper part of Mazy, called Les Mazis Haut is the best and Latricières-Chambertin offers an abundance of juicy fruit and a silky texture in the warmer vintages.

Other Grands Crus are Ruchottes-Chambertin, Charmes-Chambertin, Mazoyères-Chambertin, Griotte-Chambertin and Chapelle-Chambertin.

The most respected Pinot noir wines from Gevrey-Chambertin are robust and powerful but at the same time, velvety and expressive: black fruit, black liquorice and chocolate come into play. After some time in the bottle, the wines are harmonious with bright and sometimes candied fruit, and aromas of musk, truffle and forest floor. These have staying power.

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