2017 Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes #113917798
Reviews 91 points Wine Advocate "...wafting from the glass with aromas of cassis, plums and cherries mingled with sweet soil tones, grilled meats and dark chocolate. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, broad and textural, with a velvety attack, lovely purity of fruit and a long, precise finish. (WK)" John Gilman "The magnificent bouquet offers up scents of sappy black cherries, black raspberries, grilled meats, a very complex base of soil, raw cocoa, again a touch of licorice and a fine foundation of smoky new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, nascently complex and very sappy at the core, with stellar transparency, great focus and grip, ripe tannins and a very, very long, tangy and seamlessly balanced finish. (JG)"
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About Domaine Denis Bachelet
It wasn’t lucrative (or easy) at first. His grandparents had retired a decade prior, and Denis started from scratch without a cellar or equipment. A serendipitous meeting with importer Becky Wasserman introduced him to prominent wine writers like Hugh Johnson, Jancis Robinson, and Clive Coates. Critic reviews catapulted this one-man-show to the top of collector-worthy Burgundy with laud including “nobody makes Charmes-Chambertin like Denis Bachelet” (Neil Martin, WA)
Even his Village level wines have been described in the Wine Advocate as, “the best [v]illage-cru that I have ever tasted” (NM). If you have the opportunity to acquire one of his prized bottlings, you can expect a distinct style that’s built on power, concentrated flavors, and textural richness, thanks to his old vines and judicious use of new oak.