2021 Bachelet-Monnot Maranges Rouge “La Fussière” Premier Cru
This comes from 50+ year old vines grown in the highest elevation vineyard in Maranges. 30% whole cluster fermentation makes this Pinot incredibly smooth and approachable.
Sustainable farming practices, hand-harvested, and native yeast fermentation.
Arden and Margaux met Marc and Alexandre at a trade tasting in New York City. The brothers were pouring their lineup of newly bottled 2017 and that day was the first time the wine was being poured and tasted in the US. Their wines were hands down the standout stars of the trip and lucky for us, and now you, we were able to get first dibs on an allocation. From their domaine in Dezizes-les-Maranges, brothers Marc and Alexandre Bachelet, oversee an enviable catalogue of top Côte de Beaune vineyards: St. Aubin En Remilly, the top sites in Maranges, Puligny 1er Cru Folatières, Puligny 1er Cru Referts, Batard Montrachet, Chassagne Montrachet, and some of the best parcels in Santenay. Since their first vintage in 2005, they have refined their approach to farming and winemaking to the point where they are now firmly established as two of Burgundy’s finest talents. This is an underground producer to invest in.
“Many of you will already be aware how much respect I have for Marc and Alec Bachelet who are doing wonderful things down in Dezize-lès-Maranges… What can I say? What more needs to be said? These guys are just making stupendous white Burgundy wines that rank alongside the best you can find. If you have not discovered the Bachelet brothers yet, it’s time to do so.” – Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
Burgundy is a historical region in east-central France that covers a wide area with ranging climates. The large number of producers and appellations within Burgundy can make the region seem complicated to the eye. At its essence though, Burgundy can be quite simple. This is the home for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and these wines are second-to-none around the world. Burgundy winemakers were the pioneers for premium Chardonnay production and continue to provide a benchmark of excellence in viticulture and winemaking for all of their varieties.
Vineyard location is extremely important in Burgundy. The location will determine their quality level within the Burgundy appellation hierarchy. The highest-quality vineyards will generally have a south or southeast facing exposure providing the most access to sunlight and offering protection from westerly winds. These wines may be listed as premier cru or grand cru on the bottle label. Soils in Burgundy can vary depending on the area, but you’ll find many of them are rich in limestone and clay. Burgundian wines can age for many years if stored properly and will often hit their peak drinking age 5-10 years after production. Chablis, the Côte d’Or, Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais and Beaujolais are all appellations within Burgundy that have different rules and produce different styles of wines. Perhaps even more well-known are the sub-appellations within. The small villages of Corton, Montrachet, Meursault, and so on have reputations for producing the best white wine in the world.