The prettiest part of the Côte d’Or - Maranges - is where one finds the Limestone soils of the 1er Cru Fussière vineyard, from which the Bachelet brothers craft fabulous wines of both colours.
Those who know the wines of Dézize-lès-Maranges-based Bachelet brothers, Marc and Alex, display distinct symptoms of devotion to these electrically incisive white wines and reds which are as expressive and delicious as many a liquid to be found a great deal further to the north.
For their white wines, Marc and Alex employ a pre-ox method in which wine is fermented from highly oxidised (i.e. brown) juice. Post-fermentation, the wines are as pale and bright as any young white burgundy can be and, having already oxidised, are inherently more stable. Indeed, the white wines here from bottom to top are remarkably age worthy. I have enjoyed the Bourgogne Blanc at seven years of age and in a perfect state of maturity.
Those who started buying Bachelet-Monnot wines a decade and more ago may feel aggrieved at price rises that have affected not just this domaine but the entire region. However, when one considers that, poured blind, the Bourgogne Blanc could easily be mistaken for a top-notch village Puligny-Montrachet and the village Puligny for a top 1er cru from a senior producer, one realises that these wines are, without doubt, worthy of their tickets.
Word is spreading; that body of devotees is growing. This is a great range of scintillating wines.
2020 Bourgogne Blanc, Domaine Bachelet-Monnot
£96 in bond per 6
"The palate is taut and fresh, displaying fine definition, notes of grapefruit, lime and pear, and a slightly waxy finish. Fine..." Neal Martin
2020 Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière Blanc, Domaine Bachelet-Monnot
£141 in bond per 6
"...could be the domaine’s finest Fussière to date. 5 Star Wine." Jasper Morris MW
2020 Puligny Montrachet Village, Domaine Bachelet-Monnot
£234 in bond per 6
"A near perfect example, the balance is impeccable and so is the persistence. 5 Star Wine." Jasper Morris MW
2020 Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière Rouge, Domaine Bachelet-Monnot
£126 in bond per 6
"Very classy," Neil Martin
2020 Maranges 1er Cru Clos de la Boutière, Domaine Bachelet-Monnot
£126 in bond per 6
"There is a huge mass of really bright fruit waiting within and a lovely clean pure finish."Jasper Morris MW
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