A cuvee that now includes just over 10% whole bunch fermentation, a definite step up in class, becoming finer and more elegant with every passing year. Floral small sweet berry fruit and a taut tannic spine, ethereal yet with grippy persistence and good vitality. A top notch Maranges. Just 25% new oak. A total departure from the structured rustic image Maranges had ten years ago. Agile, energetic flavours and beautifully smooth in texture.
In January 2005, after years of travelling France and the rest of the world gaining vital wine-making experience two budding young vignerons, brothers Marc and Alexandre Bachelet, set up this Domaine that spans 10 hectares over the Maranges, Santenay and Puligny-Montrachet communes. With a buring desire to work with nature to make the finest possible wines, Marc and Alexandre adopt a very natural labour-intensive approach to wine-making. Soils are ploughed, vine health careful monitored, herbicides are forbidden and strict de-budding is carried out to limit yields, whilst all grapes are hand picked at optimum ripeness. This Domaine is a rapidly rising star. 50% new oak is employed for Grand Crus and the red Maranges whilst a little less is used for the 1er Crus. The wines are aged through two winters bottling early or late winter depending on the vintage and the appellation.
The southernmost wine appellation in the Côte de Beaune, produces medium-bodied red wines to be drunk in the short to medium term. The vines stretch across the three villages of Cheilly, Dezize, and Sampigny. Growers would traditionally sell off their grapes or wine off to merchants, before being sold on to the public as Côte de Beaune-Villages. Since 1988, the wines were allowed to be called Maranges. Some growers are starting to bottle and sell their own wines as Maranges, thus starting to build a reputation for this little known appellation. One of the arch exponents are Domaine Bachelet-Monnot. White wines are also made but are very rare.