Domaine Jean-Claude Bachelet et Fils
Côte de Beaune
Benoit and Jean-Baptiste Bachelet, both in their early twenties, recently took over their family domaine from their father Jean-Claude. The estate, based in Gamay, had remained relatively anonymous due to Jean-Claude’s reluctance to receive critics.
He started domaine bottling in the 1970s. The brothers have no such apprehensions and are proud to show the wines that they are producing from their outstanding holdings. Some immediate changes were made after the transition. The sulfur levels were decreased and the duration the wines spent in barrel was reduced from 2 years to 18 months. New oak is used very judiciously by the brothers, and, as a result, the wines now released by the domaine are pure and terroir driven.
The domaine holdings consist mainly of some of the best terroirs in St-Aubin as well as vineyards in the communes of Chassagne & Puligny Montrachet.
The domaine is also the owner of a very small plot of Bienvenues Batard Montrachet.