2018 Jean-Claude Bachelet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Macherelles'

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2018 Jean-Claude Bachelet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Macherelles'
3 Pack Pricing ($108.32/btl; use code MACHE) $324.96

The more I drink the Bachelet bothers' wines, the more I admire them... One of my resolutions for 2021 is to buy more of these wines for my private cellar.

But what of the 2018 vintage? The wines have turned out beautifully: they're ampler and more open-knit than the stunning 2017s, in keeping with the style of the vintage, but long élevage has worked its magic and the wines have picked up plenty of depth and texture during their two winters in barrel. - William Kelley, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Macherelles 1er Cru has one of the most feisty and vivacious potential bouquets among Bachelet’s Chassagne Premier Crus. This leaps out of the glass with plenty of energy. The palate is harmonious on the entry, offering flavors of mango and tangerine. There is a pleasant fatness to this Chassagne, counterbalanced by the acidity and the spicy theme that defines the persistent finish. Excellent. -Neal Martin, Vinous

The Bachelet brothers, nestled in the relatively obscure village of Gamay (in AOC St. Aubin) are on the up and up but have yet to receive the plaudits they deserve. They produce wines with mid-palate richness, gentle reduction and fine balance. We’ve offered their wines several times previously and we’ve always been thrilled at the responses. We’re delighted with this small parcel of Chassagne from the 2018 vintage that the Bachelet brothers did such a fine job rendering.

From a gently sloped parcel directly north of the village of Chassagne, this is an excellent 1er Cru. The 2018 opens with aromas of pear and white flowers along with discreet pretty reduction and a touch of oak spice. The palate is medium-bodied with fine sapid richness undergirded by potent minerality and lively acidity. There’s excellent dry extract here and the wine is notably savory on the long chalky finish. While the nose is already quite open, the energetic core of this wine suggests much in reserve for those who are patient. A textbook Chassagne that you’ll be happy to have around.


- Spencer

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