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2020 Chassagne Montrachet, Domaine Bachey-Legros 13.5%

Made from old vines this is just about as good as white Burgundy gets. There's oak certainly, but it's beautifully managed to enhance the richness of the fruit which itself is balanced by a gentle mineral note. This is deep, complex and very fine indeed.

Brothers Samuel and Lenaïc, the sixth generation, have joined their mother Christiane Bachey-Legros to work on this family domaine of 18ha of old vines. “Old vines! The wealth of our Domaine is contained in these two words”, say Sam. All planted between 1914–1960 by their grandfather and great-grandfather, they have an average of at least 60 years. Their 0.4ha Clos Rousseau ‘Les Fourneaux’ was planted in 1914, making them the oldest vines in Santenay. A cold, snowy February day perhaps did not offer the best tasting conditions up in Haut Santenay, but the quality of these wines shone out! They have elegance, complexity, structure depth of fruit, and great interest. The 2010 Guide Hachette awarded them two Coups de Coeur for their 2006s - red Chassagne-Montrachet (and two stars for the white) and white Santenay! An outstanding haul. There are top quality burgundies here, whatever they are compared with. Their 2ha of Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Morgeot’ vines planted in 1955 produces wonderful wine ,with depth and complexity.

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