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Chateau des Bachelards Comtesse de Vazeilles Saint-Amour 2016  - First Bottle


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.

Technical Details

  • BlendGamay
  • WinemakerAlexandra de Vazeilles and Stephane Derenoncourt
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBurgundy
  • AppellationBeaujolais
  • VineyardSaint-Amour
  • Farming MethodCertified Organic & Biodynamic
  • Alcohol14.5%

Chateau des Bachelards Comtesse de Vazeilles Saint-Amour 2016

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A viscerally thrilling French Somm-favorite. GOOSEBUMPS. It’s what happens the first time you sip this rarefied Gamay. You think: “My wine world has just changed.” We were first turned on to this wine while eating at Le Meurice in Paris (I know...when in Paris, right?), where our minds were literally blown when the sommelier insisted we try it after loving some Roulot Bourgogne. After all, Comtesse Alexandra de Vazeilles bought her incredible property in 2013 after training at Chateau Latour and Domaine's that for a resume? Once we discovered that this wine had never graced the shores of the USA, we honestly couldn't believe it. We spent the next several months putting this deal together, and today is the day that we unleash the magic! Just in time for the fall!!

This vineyard has had only three owners since its original planting back in 1100. It is also one of the very few estate to be certified organic and certified biodynamic in Fleurie, but also in Moulin à Vent and Saint Amour as well. The vines are old soldiers, 60-100 years old, Prephylloxera, Massale selection and planted very close together. If all that is not enough, the 100-point super-consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt is working with Alexandre on this. A Michelin-starred staple and a European somm "go-to", this should be on your short list if you are not already hip to one of the most exciting projects in Beaujolais today.

IN-DEED! Compelling wine and a wicked-great price today. We can’t argue any points in the review above, really. This winery has been considered a benchmark for serious Gamay since the late 1700s, but under the Comtesse's leadership since 2014, the winery has reached superstar status. This is the find of the decade for us.

We have just 30 cases. Treat yourself before the rest of the country catches on...For 50% OFF retail ($29.95!), it’s a piece of cake!

PAIRING IDEAS: Gamay with this level of extraction and sophistication is a fun one. Probably the best way to experience all the layers is a charcuterie plate, honestly. A mix of salty and cured meats, terrines, and a bunch of cheese and breads -- you can’t go wrong. If you have to have a main course, we’d do a simple roast chicken with olives.

MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: Let's get funky, groovy and free while drinking this Gamay and listening to George Harrison's “My Sweet Lord”!

About the Producer

Like Burgundy, Les 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 is 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 is producing gamay and chardonnay wines of extraordinary quality. She produces wines from Fleuries, Saint-Amour, Moulin-a-Vent, IGT Comtes Rhodaniens and whites from Pouilly-Vinzelles appellation.