Domaine Bertrand Bachelet

Bertrand Bachelet is still in his twenties (just!) yet has a wonderfully calm and confident manner about him. He took over from his father in 2010 and seems to have had an immediate impact on the wines. Maranges is the last major village in the Côte de Bertrand Bachelet took over from his father in 2010. His domaine is in Maranges, which is the last proper village of the Côte-de-Beaune before the land becomes more rolling and agricultural and metamorphosizes into the Côte Chalonnais. He has vineyards dotted around the Côte in Meursault, St Aubin, Chassagne, Pommard and, of course, in Maranges. Maranges is one of those appellations that has found its time. Relatively unknown until recently, the increasing prices of the more established villages have made consumers look elsewhere for well made wines and this has opened the door for the likes of Maranges. Visually Maranges looks pretty similar to the rest of the Côte, the more clay dominated vineyards of the plains giving way to the limestone slope that rises into the distance. As an appellation it is virtually all planted with Pinot Noir, although there is a little Chardonnay, too. Generally the soil is more suited to Pinot, although the slope of La Fussière, Maranges’ most important 1er Cru, has pockets of limestone that would work very well with Chardonnay. Bertrand’s wines reflect his personality, very charming, honest and likeable with an appealing transparency and subtle depth. New oak is sparingly used and vinification is gentle and respectful, leaving the wines to reflect their origin and their cépages. With everyone only just waking up to the delights and possibilities of Maranges, prices here are still incredibly reasonable and when you come across a talented source such as this one there is genuinely great value to be had.

Winemaker: Bertrand Bachelet

Hectares: 12 hectares

Parcels:
Bourgogne
Hautes Côtes de Beaune
Maranges
Maranges 1er Cru
Meursault
Chassagne-Montrachet (red and white)
Pommard
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru

Website: https.//www.bertrand-bachelet.fr/

Wines

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    Bertrand would normally expect to make around 18 barrels of this but in `16 he only made 7. The vines are in the heart of the village just below Maltroie, which was very badly affected by frost. This has plenty of richness on the attack but finishes lively and clean. Nicely made.

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    Coming in at the same price as many estates’ generic Bourgogne, this is such a great value Pinot. It doesn’t see any new oak and the focus is on the bright, crunchy red fruit flavours of which there are many. Pure, clean and delicious. Drink from 2018.

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    Red fruits galore, crunchy, fresh and vibrant. Considering that this is the same price as a middling Bourgogne it offers terrific value for money. Lots of very attractive wine for your buck!

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    This vineyard sits largely on the plane and lower slopes and has much more clay than limestone. Consequently, the wine is broad, structured and powerful. There is some sappiness from the oak (About 20% new and well judged) and a masculinity that bodes well for longevity. There is an awful lot of wine here for the money. Drink from 2017.

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    This vineyard sits largely on the plane and lower slopes and has much more clay than limestone. Consequently, the wine is broad, structured and powerful. There is some sappiness from the oak (About 20% new and well judged) and a masculinity that bodes well for longevity. There is an awful lot of wine here for the money. Drink from 2017.

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    This vineyard comes from the flatter part of the appellation where there is more clay and consequently the wine is more powerful and structured. This works particularly well in this richer vintage with the weight of fruit nicely balancing its inherent power. It’s alittle more backward than the Fussières but has plenty of scope to age very well. Drink from 2020.

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    Roussots is based on the flatter part of Maranges where there is more clay and this wine is more powerful and full bodied. It always takes longer to come round and this year will be no different. If you like older shcool Burgundies you will prefer this to La Fussière.

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    This is a big vineyard and perhaps Maranges` most famous. As you approach the village from Santenay it occupies the steep slope to the right of he main road. It`s a great site, full of interesting soils. Bertrand is lucky enough to have some very old vines here and the depth of flavour they create is impressive but the most exciting element of this wine is the the precision and complexity of the fruit which is detailed and vibrant. One of the best value wines in this entire offer. Drink from 2017.

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    Bertrand’s vines are old and are well-sited at the top of the slope. There is a strong mineral element running through this wine and the tannins are really quite fine. The weight and complexity arrives on the long finish. Good potential here. Drink from 2018.

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    Bertrand actually has 6 parcels of Fussières (making up nearly 3 hectares) dotted around the vineyard which helps give a very complete, complex wine. The vines are between 30 and 70 years old and the wine sees 30% new oak. Lovely blue fruits abound with really good tannins and an effortless finesse. Stylish and impressive. Drink from 2019.

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    Like so many vignerons in `16 Bertrand adapted his vinification and preferred pumping over to pigeage, avoiding extracting too much power. With this Fussière it worked especially well as the tannins and structure are very fine. The fruit is well defined and precise and there is excellent persistence.

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    Obviously it wasn’t an easy vintage to the appellation but again Bertrand has managed to avoid the often austere, overly robust nature of many Pommards. This is surprisingly pretty, though the fruits are darker and more brooding than those in the Chassagne. However, there is no harshness here and much pleasure to be had. Drink from 2017

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    Obviously it wasn’t an easy vintage to the appellation but again Bertrand has managed to avoid the often austere, overly robust nature of many Pommards. This is surprisingly pretty, though the fruits are darker and more brooding than those in the Chassagne. However, there is no harshness here and much pleasure to be had. Drink from 2017