A subtle touch of wood frames earthy dark berry fruit aromas that complement well the character of the serious, full and notably rich flavors blessed with ample mid-palate concentration and only a trace of rusticity on the sappy and mouth coating finish. This is not an elegant wine though in typical Bachelet fashion, he manages to produce something stylish from what is usually a rustic appellation.
John Gilman 89
When one tastes the quality of a wine such as this 2007 Côte de Nuits Villages from Monsieur Bachelet, made from vines in Gevrey’s next door neighboring village of Brochon, one has to ask why this village was not given its own AOC when the region was codified in the 1930s, as this wine has plenty of depth and complexity. The nose jumps from the glass in a classy mix of black raspberries, coffee, grilled meats, dark chocolate and soil tones. On the palate the wine is medium-full, long and tangy, with a bit of suave tannins, sound acids, and lovely focus and grip on the beautifully balanced finish. While the 2007 Bachelet Côte de Nuits Villages will drink well upon release, I would be inclined to give it at least a year or two of bottle age to allow it to develop its secondary layers of complexity. A very classy wine and a flat out bargain.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025
Stephen Tanzer 87-89
15% new oak. Good deep red. Pure aromas of blackberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and vanilla. Dense but fine, with lovely lift to the dark berry and licorice flavors. Broad, supple and rather feminine in style; almost premier cru quality in its suavity. From small grapes and a well-drained site in Brochon. By the way, Bachelet’s 2007 Bourgogne rouge should be strong too.