Bachey-Legros is located on the oldest street in the picturesque little village of Santenay-les-Haut. The neighborhood looks much the same as it did 200 or 300 years ago. Indeed much of what they are about is decidedly “old.”
The family of Bachey-Legros has been farming in and around Santenay for 6 generations, going back to the 19th century, and they are most proud of their old vines, most of which were planted between 1935 and 1955. They farm these vines fastidiously, using traditional techniques and eschewing chemical treatments. They employ a similar old-school approach in the cellar, with gentle extractions and elevage in top notch barrels of varying ages.
Yes, “old” is definitely an apt word here, except when you are talking about the current generation of proprietors Samuel and Lénaic. These brothers are definitely bringing fresh ideas to the operation while continuing the long traditions of their family.