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2018 Domaine Denis Bachelet Cote de Nuits Villages #138730726

750ml

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Reviews 89-91 points Wine Advocate "The 2018 Cote de Nuits-Villages bursts from the glass with notes of cassis, plums, dark chocolate and rich soil tones. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, melting and succulent, with a textural attack that segues into a fleshy core of ripe fruit. (WK)" 90-92 points Vinous "The 2018 Cotes de Nuits Villages has a wonderful, very pure bouquet of perfumed raspberry, wild strawberry and pressed flower aromas that unfold with great precision. The palate is medium-bodied with a vibrant, very focused and elegant entry, just about perfect acidity, and plenty of poise on a finish worthy of a premier cru. Yep – that good. Go buy. (NM)"

Denis Bachelet in his cellar in Gevrey Chambertin

About Domaine Denis Bachelet

This cult status Domaine is not your typical Burgundian wine story. Denis Bachelet is not a 12th-generation winemaker who took over the family’s fully operational domaine. In fact, Denis didn’t even grow up in France - he grew up in Belgium! But nothing could stop him from returning to his grandparents’ small 1.8-hectare vineyard in Gevrey-Chambertin when he was 18 years old to start a career in winemaking.

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.

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