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Domaine Bachelet-Monnot

Brothers Marc and Alexandre Bachelet established their domain in their family homestead in 2005. It is located in Dezize-lés-Maranges, just south-west of Santenay in the Côte de Beaune of Burgundy, and was created from their father Jean-Francois and uncle Monnot's land [their grandfather owned Domaine Bernard Bachelet et Fils in Chassagne-Montrachet, and he split his property between his sons]. So Marc and Alexandre are the third generation of Bachelets to make wine, and production is approximately divided equally between red and white wine. There is scrupulous attention to detail in the vineyards and in the cellar. No herbicides are used, and the percentage of new barrels used is roughly 25%. They farm a mix of their own, and long-term leased vineyards, totalling just over 50 hectares under vine spread through the appellations of Puligny-Montrachet [Premier Crus Referts, Hameau de Blagny and Folatières], Batard-Montrachet [Grand Cru], Chassagne-Montrachet, Maranges [Premier Cru La Fussière, and semi-monopoly Clos de la Boutière], Santenay and St Aubin. They also make a small amount of Meursault. This combination of exceptional vineyards allows for the creation of superb wines, and the first release of their Puligny wine gained instant recognition, nationally and internationally; a rare achievement indeed in the orthodox world of Burgundy's top communes for such a young domaine to attain! But between them the brothers have top-notch experience. Marc studied at the Lycée Viticole in Beaune, and then did internships at Domaines Lucien Muzard in Santenay and Parent in Pommard, with additional stints in the Southern Rhône and Australia. After similar studies Alex worked internships at Domaines Nouveau in the Hautes Côte and Bouzereau in Mersault, as well as Monteillet in Côte-Rôtie. Both brothers also worked five harvests at their father's Domaine Jean-Francois Bachelet estate before embarking on their on venture. Their Chardonnays are beautifully layered, penetratingly precise and finish astonishingly long, and their Pinot Noirs are aromatic and compelling.