Chateau des Bachelards Comtesse de Vazeilles Saint-Amour 2016
Other Reds | France
CHATEAU DES BACHELARDS, arguably the GREATEST. CRU. BEAUJOLAIS on the planet! 94 POINTS! That we got enough to share is the wine world’s equivalent of Lake Placid, USA v USSR, 1980 Winter Olympic, do-you-believe-in-miracles...YES!!!
Seriously, our cups runneth over with impulses to all of our favorite deadly sins...lust...greed...GLUTTONY! 50% OFF! We have to have it...we want it desperately...more, more, more! Pinot-ish in weight, but SO much more. Delightfully floral, fruit-packed, spicy, and utterly wonderful to drink – wow! We flipped for this, obviously, and you will too. This wine has been a coveted sommelier staple for years. We discovered it in Paris some time back, and we made a deal to bring this beauty back to the states for the first time. 60-100+-year-old vines that consistently make the top-rated gamays of the region every single year. The wine geek force is strong with one...just check out some data on this titular estate’s history and glory here...
- Beaujolais sits atop the Northern Rhone, connecting into the south of Burgundy. The best crus are in the north and are considered a part of Burgundy.
- Established in 1100 AD by Cluny Monks ("Les Bachelards" means “The Place of God” in the Gallo-Romance language of Oil).
- Some of the vineyards existing today are still the first vines planted in the area after phylloxera, planted in 1910.
- Countess Alexandra de Vazeilles took over the property and made her first vintage in 2014.
- Vineyards are certified organic and were certified biodynamic in 2015.
- No spritzy, bubble-gum, carbonic maceration here… These wines are fashioned in the same style as classic Burgundian pinot.
- Situated on lower slopes of a hillside, akin to the Grand Crus of Burgundy, with pink granite, alluvial rock and clay soils intermingle.
Incredibly awesome at our price – just check out the stellar Vinous review below. This is a Beaujolais to rock you to your core and rid you of any notions of the gamay grape lacking complexity or intensity. Six years young and primed to excel for another 20 years, easy!