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Bertrand Bachelet, Hautes Cotes de Beaune 2017
Pinot Noir 100%
Hautes Cotes de Beaune
Based in the lesser-known appellation of Maranges, young winemaker Bertrand Bachelet makes excellent wines. This is possibly the best value Burgundy we've ever tasted at this level. Fresh, crunchy fruit but no lack of ripeness, lightweight but exuding finesse.
The grapes are rigorously sorted before partial or total destemming depending on the wine and the characteristics of the vintage. Vatting lasts for about three weeks, with regular temperature controls. Extractions are carried out with minimal intervention, just some pigeage and remontage. Similar to white wines, élevage takes place in wooden barrels for about twelve months (the percentage of new barrels varies), followed by a period of three to six months in vats before bottling.
A passion for wine was what led Bertrand Bachelet to take over the family estate from his father, Jean-Louis, in 2011. He is the fourth generation in the line of Burgundy winegrowers. Bertrand currently runs the 13 hectares that stretch from Maranges to Pommard in the Cote de Beaune. The estate is based in Dezize-les-Maranges, one of three villages of the Maranges appellation. This appellation accounts for the greatest portion of the estate's production.