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Bachey-Legros Tasting Notes

2012 White Wines

2012 Bourgogne Chardonnay

 

The Bourgogne Chardonnay is made from grapes harvested from vines planted in 2000 in Santenay. The vines are on the lower reaches of the slope. The soil is relatively calcareous for a regional appellation and it favours mineral notes. Some ageing in barrels contributes to the roundness of the wine and helps develop complexity. This is a wine of great freshness with aromas of flowers and fresh fruits.


With a youthful light yellow hue, there is a touch of green on the rim. The bouquet has ripe citrus fruits, pears and peach with a suggestion of grapefruit and apricot. In the background there is a slight matchstick aroma as well as savoury, spicy notes. There are layers of spice and peach which are made more complex by a most appealing mouth feel. There is also an underlying sense of minerals that give wine the ‘feel’ of Chassagne-Montrachet. This is a most complex wine for such a humble appellation and is easily of Village quality. Delicious!

 


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2012 Meursault “Les Grand Charrons”

 

Meursault is one of the most famous appellations for producing quintessential wines made from Chardonnay. A number of the village climats are well known and approach the Premier Crus in quality. “Les Grand Charrons” is one such climat. Bachey-Legros has a long lease on this plot and Sam and Léniac tend the vines with great care. The wine has great concentration and backbone with a soft mouth feel and great length and depth. A wine to be savoured.


Here there are ripe melons with hints of lemon, fig, honey and nuts. Just a suggestion of spice emerges with some attractive oak. This a very ripe style with intense and powerful melon and peach fruits well supported by a fine line of acid that keeps the fruit focused. A delicious Meursault with a well balanced finish and the structure to maintain its opulent fruit but also to improve over the next 5 years.

 

2012 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot”     

 

The “Morgeot” appellation is one of the best known and highly regarded Premier Cru’s in Chassagne-Montrachet. This plot is located in the lieu-dot “Les Petits Clos” in the heart of the appellation. The tiny hamlet of Morgeot is situated half way between Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay.


The rich, red, clay-limestone soils give the wine roundness balanced by a mineral structure. These vines were planted in 1950. The wine is aged on lees for 14 months and shows length and suppleness in its youth but has the structure to age for many years.


This wine has an excellent light yellow colour and a hint of green on the rim, there are citrus fruits but then some tropical characters emerge along with spice, minerality, lemon blossom and some distinctive nuttiness. There are attractive flavours that include tree fruits, some spice, and fine, subtle oak. t is well balanced by some very persistent acidity. There are some complex minerals and a long finish.


This wine is undoubtedly of the highest quality from this outstanding applellation.

 

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2011 White Wines

 

2011 Meursault “Les Grand Charrons”


This has a pale yellow appearance with an especially bright glint coming from the glass. It is a wine of enormous style and poise. Nuts, honey, meal, minerals and fantastic oak all play a role in what is one of the most impressive young
Burgundies I have come across.


The flavours are rich in citrus, touches of honey, minerals and spice. The middle palate is a symphony of exotic flavours, mouthfeel and concentration.


With a great finish, this will prove to be a masterpiece over an extended period of time.

 

2011 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot”     


The Bachey family work closely together to achieve the ultimate in finesse, style and character with their holdings in Chassagne-Montrachet.


This Morgeot is a stunner with a pure aroma of pear, peach, melon and a little butter that oozes terroir. The slightly earthy minerality that is typical in the best Premier Crus of Chassagne is here. The wine has delightfully rich, but, fine flavours that are supported by a super balance of acidity, the essential component in any top wine.


This is a most sophisticated, long supple wine that will repay short to medium term cellaring. The perfect wine to serve with grilled lobster.

 

Red Wines

2011 Santenay “Clos des Hâtes” Vieilles Vignes


The colour here is a brilliant, bright purple and this leads into a perfume of violets, earth, spice and cherry. With a rich entry there are fresh berry fruits in a ‘sweet’, attractive ripe way as well as notes of spice, earth and a hint of ripe plum.
The other factor that was identified was a distinctive loganberry character, a flavor rarely encountered in young
Burgundy.


This is a very well made wine in the ‘rustic’ manner of Santenay and an excellent example of 2011 Burgundy.


2011 Santenay 1er Cru “La Comme” Vieilles Vignes


The Premier Cru vineyard of “La Comme” is next to Chassagne-Montrachet on the most northerly part of the Santenay appellation. Many regard this vineyard, along with its neighbor, Les Gravières, as constituting the most powerful and distinctive of the appellation.


This is true ‘Vin de Garde’ with an intense, very concentrated aroma of wild berries, earth and spices. The flavours are cherry and other berries with a great mouth feel. The tannins are quite overt and will maintain the integrity of the fruit for ages.
 If there is one Premier Cru from Santenay that you must have in your cellar, this is the one!


2011 Santenay 1er Cru “Clos Rousseau” <Les Fourneaux> Vieilles Vignes


“Les Fourneaux” is a particular section of the “Clos Rousseau” 1er Cru lieu dit. The colour is typically deep in the Bachey-Legros style, and the fruits are rich in wild raspberry, cherry and spice. In the background those fruits are supported by a distinctive earthiness that is one of characters that makes Santenay what it is.


The entry is full of ‘sweet’ berry fruits with plenty of power in the middle palate. Again, a feature of the wine making here is the maintenance of the terroir that underlies the distinctive flavour profile of the wine.


The tannins are still quite substantial and will make this wine a joy to drink over the next 8-10 years. This is serious red Burgundy.