Bachelet-Monnot, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts, 2018

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Alex and Marc Bachelet started their domaine in 2005 from a portion of the family vineyards. By 2011 they had acquired 22 hectares of old to very old vines in Maranges, Santenay, Chassagne and Puligny-Montrachet.

They farm with sustainable methods that they describe as ‘très lutte raisonnée’, which literally translates as "the very reasoned struggle." In the cellar they are extremely meticulous with their use of sulphur, preferring to "micro-dose" when and where necessary and never at bottling. They use 350 liter barrels to avoid any overt "flavor" of oak spice and emphasize the super precise, mineral flavors and taught structure.
Marc explains that the small doses of sulphur allowed him to bottle the wine with very little free SO2 and still feel confident they are well protected from the elements.

The results are stunning: clean, pure, transparent and bursting with mineral energy. There is very little to no reduction on the wines, yet they seem to be built to last for many years.

Professional Reviews

Burghound

BH 90-93 June 2020
"All but invisible wood sets off the essence of white peach, pear, spice and soft floral aromas. The medium weight flavors also possess a seductive mouthfeel thanks to the copious level of dry extract that buffers the moderately firm acidity shaping the caressing and generously proportioned finish. This is very Referts in style and a wine that should drink well young if that's your preference. " -Allen Meadows

Antonio Galloni

AG 91-93 January 2020
"The 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts 1er Cru produced an unusually bountiful crop this year, at around 45hl/ha instead of the 30hl/ha of recent years. It has a very intense, precise bouquet with crushed limestone infusing the green apple and citrus aromas. The palate is very focused on the entry, revealing a touch of spice and hints of fresh gooseberry. It feels a little austere overall, but there is such energy that it will repay cellaring. Excellent. " -Neil Martin

Details

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Burgundy

  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Sustainable

  • Style

    Elegant

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied