Based on 24 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 91 points Wine Advocate "The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes is also showing beautifully, 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" 92 points John Gilman "Monsieur Bachelet’s 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes is absolutely superb this year, with a beautiful synthesis of deep and sappy fruit coupled to striking minerality. The nose jumps from the glass in an evocative blend of black raspberries, grilled meats, black cherries, toasty oak, a beautiful base of black minerality and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and almost sumptuous on the attack, with great depth in the mid-palate, fine-grained tannins and impeccable focus and grip on the long, complex and sappy finish. I love the backend energy and lift here!"
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About Domaine Denis Bachelet
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.