2008 Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes #124286112


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Denis Bachelet in his cellar in Gevrey Chambertin

About Domaine Denis Bachelet

Domaine Denis Bachelet in Burgundy is an extraordinary entity in the world of winemaking, all the more notable considering Denis Bachelet's roots in Belgium rather than a multi-generational lineage in France. He took over his grandparents' small 1.8-hectare vineyard in Gevrey-Chambertin at 18 and has since worked wonders in reviving the vineyard, which had lain dormant for a decade.

Far from an easy journey, his efforts paid off as he quickly gained recognition, becoming a revered figure among wine connoisseurs. This ascension was propelled further by his connections with industry experts such as Hugh Johnson, Jancis Robinson, and Clive Coates, introduced to him by importer Becky Wasserman. Critics laud Bachelet's Charmes-Chambertin wines, which embody power, concentrated flavors, and a rich texture, a testament to his old vines and careful use of new oak.

Today, the Domaine covers 4.3 hectares, but its modest size belies the caliber of wines it produces. The vineyards, characterized by old vines, are carefully managed under Bachelet's non-interventionist approach, resonating with his winemaking philosophy. His wines echo the vintage's character, free from the obfuscation of modern techniques.

His dedication to nurturing the vineyards and his minimalist winemaking approach yield wines with unmistakable intensity, elegance, and harmony, cementing Bachelet's iconic status. His ability to blend different vineyard holdings, such as Les Evocelles, Les Corbeaux, and Charmes-Chambertin, adds depth and complexity to the wines.

Despite his successful career, Denis Bachelet remains a humble and modest figure, attributing his achievements to both careful stewardship of his vines and a flexible approach to winemaking that respects the unique traits of each vintage. His work is now continued by his son Nicolas, promising the same meticulous approach and passion for creating spectacular wines that have made Domaine Denis Bachelet synonymous with top-tier Burgundy.

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