Jean-Claude Bachelet

Jean-Baptiste (first vintage 2005) and Benoît Bachelet (first vintage 2000) are now the primary winemakers at the family domaine, which has been making wine since the early 17th century.  The domaine is based in the village of Gamay, a hamlet of Saint-Aubin, and they have ten hectares, producing half red and half white. Almost half of the vineyards are in Chassagne-Montrachet, another 40% of the vineyards are in Saint-Aubin, and the remaining 13% of their holdings are in Puligny-Montrachet. All of the vineyards are estate-owned, and they started conversion to biodynamic production in 2012. Although it means a lot more work in the vineyards, the brothers find that the wines have more precision and you get a stronger sense of terroir. 

Vinification is natural with indigenous yeasts and slow fermentations. Aged for 18 months in french oak barrels on fine lees. This means that the wines have two winters in the cellar, which contributes to the finesse, depth and structure of the wine, necessary for its ageing capacity.

Allen Meadows considers the Bachelet wines "worth-seeking" out, in the same camp as Pierre Yves Colin Morey, Oliver Lamy, and Henri Prudhon. (Burghound #63, June 2016)

Brothers Benoit and Jean-Baptiste Bachelet called 2014 a “relatively straight forward vintage that gave us comfortable but not high yields in both colors, which is to say between 30 and 35 hl/ha in red and 40 to 45 hl/ha in white. The growing season started well but then deteriorated during July and much of August but it ended well as the last part of August and all of September was largely perfect. We were worried about the Suzukii threat but in the end it was lots of handwringing over nothing; at least for us in any case. We picked from the 13th to the 19th of September and there was really not much sorting in red and virtually none at all in white. Potential alcohols were very good for the chardonnay at between 13 and 13.5% but fully 1% less for the pinot. Overall, 2014 gave us balanced, fresh and highly attractive wines. In white they remind us of a less alcoholic 2002 but in the last 10 years, we can’t think of any vintage that resembles the 2014 reds.” - Allen Meadows, Burghound #63, June 2016. 

"Their 2014s boast a clutch of riveting, nervous, racy wines that exploit the growing season and deliver thrilling premier crus that are strongly recommended." - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Dec. 2015.