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Chateau des Bachelards Comtesse de Vazeilles Saint-Amour 2016  - Invino

Chateau des Bachelards Comtesse de Vazeilles Saint-Amour 2016

Other Reds  |  France


This isn’t your mom’s gamay, no sir. We’d call this more “epiphany level” wine - dark, alive, with a tremendous bouquet that will temporarily shock you with its intensity. In the mouth, it has incredible complexity and depth, bright and brooding simultaneously with so much fruit - just, wow!

Like Burgundy, Bachelards owes its existence to the Benedictine monks. The monks of the abbey of Cluny, created the sister abbey of Arpaye and chose to plant the vineyards in the place called Les Bachelards. The original house was destroyed during the revolution. The Platet family bought the house and its vineyards and were the sole owners from 1793-2007. During this long period, the Chateau was ranked among the best estates in the region due to its spectacular terroir. The vineyards have not been uprooted since Phylloxera and the age range is 60-100 years old. Since 2007, the vineyards have been organically farmed and in 2015, the vineyards received the demeter certificate for biodynamic farming.

In 2014, the estate was acquired by Alexandra de Vazeilles and they are producing gamay and chardonnay wines of extraordinary quality. She hired the 100-point wine whisperer Stephane Derenoncourt to consult on her project and quickly this has become the estate to watch in Southern Burgundy.

94 Vinous -
Deep, shimmering crimson. A drop-dead, expressive bouquet evokes ripe red berries, exotic spices, incense and smoky minerals. Stains the palate with intense raspberry, cherry pie, violet pastille and spicecake flavors that show superb clarity and vibrant lift. Delivers a suave blend of power and finesse finishing on a resonating floral note, showing sharp delineation, velvety tannins and noteworthy persistence.

  • BlendGamay
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBurgundy
  • AppellationBeaujolais
  • VineyardSaint-Amour
  • Alcohol14.5%