Denis Bachelet has one of the smallest cellars in Burgundy, but that doesn't keep him from being one of the best vignerons in the Cote d' Or. The Domaine is blessed with a lot of old vine vineyards which are farmed sustainably. He also has a knack for showcasing the elegance of Gevrey-Chambertin. The purity of the fruit in his wines is unparalleled, and his wines convey their vineyard character perfectly, with balance, depth, and backbone to age. The Gevrey-Chambertin VV is an incredible village wine sourced from very old vines planted between 1932 and 1937, which come from multiple vineyards, including La Justice and Champerrier. Grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed before a wild yeast fermentation and aging in barrel, of which 20% is new for 16 months. As John Gilman notes below, this is consistently premier cru level and one of the top village wines in the Cote de Nuits. 2013 is in a great spot for drinking and, with its classic structure, will continue to age for decades. We have some of the only bottles available in the U.S. right now, and it is a great buy for Burgundy with age from one of the great producers of Gevrey-Chambertin.
John Gilman 92 points! "I love Denis Bachelet’s Gevrey Vieilles Vignes bottling, which year in and year out is the quality equivalent of a top premier cru. The 2013 is another in the long line of successes for this excellent cuvée, as the wine offers up a youthful and very classy aromatic constellation of black cherries, cassis, raw cocoa, grilled meats, black minerality, woodsmoke and a deft framing of nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very elegant on the attack, with an excellent core of sappy fruit, outstanding soil signature, suave tannins and lovely grip and focus on the long and youthful finish. High class juice!"