Denis Bachelet

WHO WE ARE

Denis Bachelet is one of those very few winemakers in Burgundy whose wines have managed to achieve iconic status.  This status is remarkably incongruous for a man who is himself invariably soft-spoken, gracious, and polite. A portion of his cult-like renown may be due to the scarcity of wines produced by such a diminutive estate:  at 3.85 hectares, it is less than one-third the size of Domaine Armand Rousseau, Bachelet’s co-regent of Gevrey. But the greater reason for the Bachelet prominence is the incomparable quality of his wine. As Clive Coates has written: “The Denis Bachelet style produces wines of intensity, great elegance, subtle and feminine in the best sense. They are concentrated, harmonious, pure and understated.”

 

As befits a great domaine, there is a solid base in superb vineyards, which are well-situated, prudently farmed, and comprised of remarkably old vines. Bachelet follows the precepts of lutte raisonée, a system of vine cultivation that is essentially organic and non-interventionist. Bachelet adheres to a similarly laissez-faire philosophy in his winemaking, choosing a decidedly traditional approach to winemaking that allows the vintage to express itself unimpeded by modernist techniques.

AT A GLANCE

  •  COUNTRY
  •  France
  •  REGION
  •  Burgundy
  •  APPELLATION(S)
  •  Gevrey-Chambertin
  •  WINEMAKER
  •  Denis Bachelet
  •  FOUNDED
  •  1983
  •  ANNUAL PRODUCTION
  •  N/A
  •  FARMING
  •  Lutte raisonnée
  •  WEBSITE
  •  N/A

VERITAS PORTFOLIO

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Vielles Vignes

Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Les Corbeaux, Vieilles Vignes

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Evocelles

Gevrey-Chambertin, Vieilles Vignes

Cote de Nuits Villages

Bourgogne Rouge