"The 2016 Côte de Nuits-Villages finished its malolactic fermenation earlier than its siblings this year, and so it was racked in June. It has a gorgeous and pure bouquet of dark berry fruit, a hint of soy and mineral, all beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with more red fruit than the Bourgogne Pinot Noir but, again, silky smooth in texture with startling panache and focus on the finish. What a fabulous wine. Wow. Sometimes that three-letter word is sufficient to express your sentiments toward a grower’s wines. It certainly applies here at Denis Bachelet. These are utterly sublime and, at times, peerless expressions of the 2016 vintage whose only fault is the quantity and the demand they currently attract. Long gone are the days when I used to pick up mature bottles of their Charmes-Chambertin to pour during the week. “I love the vintage,” Denis told me as we toured his diminutive cellar with some of the more perilously steep steps in Burgundy. “They are just so aromatic. They are...très pinot. Feminine wines that are less powerful than the 2015s. With regard to frost, we had only a little damage in the southern vineyard for the Côte de Nuits. But in 30 years of winemaking, I have never known such aggressive mildew. We did more than twelve treatments, when normally I do eight. Fortunately the weather changed 14 July, otherwise it might have been very different. I started picking on 24 September." Robert Parker
"This is aromatically similar to the Bourgogne but with notably better complexity. The delicious, succulent and generously proportioned flavors possess a caressing mouthfeel where the fine depth flashed by the nose is also present on the finish. Lovely stuff that should offer much pleasure young but should also be capable of rewarding 5 to 7 years of cellaring too." Burghound
"Medium red. More musky aromas of black raspberry and smoked ham; smells sweeter than the Bourgogne. Then fat with dark berry fruit, offering compelling sweetness and ripe, fine-grained tannins. Bachelet says this wine is more closed than it was in November, but I find it quite pliant--and an outperformer for its appellation." Vinous
Size: 0.95 ha (2.350ac)
Variety: Pinot Noir
Vine Age: Planted in 1952.
Terroir: 3 plots in Queue de Hareng in Brochon, 3 plots in Vignois, 1 plot in Créole. Limestone, clay soil, east-facing, 300m altitude.
Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée
Vinification: Cold maceration, 15 days fermentation. 16-18 months aging in barrel.
Lieux-dits "Queue de Hareng" 9,15ha
Lieux-dit "Créole" 6,28ha
Lieux-dit "Vignois" 3,46ha