2017 Jean-Claude Bachelet Saint Aubin 1er Cru 'Les Murgers des Dents de Chien'
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JC Bachelet Murgers des Dents de Chien 2017 is a classic example of great St. Aubin. The wine undergoes super long lees aging about 18-24 months in average which gives extra dimension and layers to the wine. The wine displays seductive creamy toast, fresh white orchard fruit, chalky minerality with crushed rock and flinty reduction. The most impressive part of this wine is a gentle texture with a touch of phenolic that gives much more pleasure and serious structure to the wine. - Daniel
St.-Aubin’s gifted 1er Cru ‘Les Murgers des Dents de Chien’ effectively marks the southern extension of Puligny Champ Gain, and the two vineyards bear wines with a clear family resemblance. They offer tension and minerality, yet with a richness of fruit that makes them truly gourmand rather than merely ‘racy.’
Jean-Baptise and Benoit Bachelet are two of the Côtes de Beaune’s true up-and-comers, with a small roster of appellations, most of which showcase terroir diversity in their home base of St.-Aubin. ‘Murgers’ and ‘En Remilly’ are routinely the profoundest among them; of these, ‘Murgers’ tends to be fuller and firmer, very much fitting the power-without-weight archetype typical of the site’s finest examples. There is a special energy here, the happy result of a privileged vineyard and 2017’s prodigious charms. - Jason
The Bachelet brothers at this domaine are turning out some truly fantastic wines and fortunately they are blessed with some very fine holdings, such as this pearl of St. Aubin. The Murgers des Dents de Chien sits on the hill far atop Montrachet in between both En Remilly and Puligny Champ Gain (check out this video where Jean-Baptiste talks about the site). In 2017 the wines at this address are stunning and the Murgers is a particular stand out, with the richness typical of the vineyard (perhaps surprising given its elevation) balanced by the tension that the best 17s retain. The fruit was stunningly clean and healthy according to Benoit, and yielded precise, transparent wines.
The wine is intense, with a touch of reduction and a hint of classy oak spice. The midpalate is seriously impressive, with layers of crystalline fat shot with acidity well-folded in. There's chalky minerality and abundant dry extract. This is gourmandise St. Aubin and an excellent value. This is the only availability in the US.