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Chateau des Bachelards Comtesse de Vazeilles Moulin-a-Vent 2019  - First Bottle


96 James Suckling -
Incredibly deep and complex nose with so many savory, meaty and earthy nuances, this great Moulin-a-Vent already has a fabulous interplay of richness and fine tannin on the generous, finely etched palate, the mineral freshness keeping this giant very light on its feet. The best thing is the super-silky finish that just doesn’t want to stop! From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink or hold.

Technical Details

  • BlendGamay
  • WinemakerAlexandra de Vazeilles and Stephane Derenoncourt
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBurgundy
  • AppellationMoulin-a-Vent, Beaujolais
  • Farming MethodCertified Biodynamic
  • Alcohol13.5%

Chateau des Bachelards Comtesse de Vazeilles Moulin-a-Vent 2019

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Certified Biodynamic
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96 points...for Beaujolais. Seriously, that never happens...and yet, this is just the latest in a long string of fantastic reviews for this producer. Without a doubt, under the guidance of Comtesse Alexandra de Vazeilles, Château des Bachelards has become the unquestioned finest producer in the region. Every. Single. Wine... They’re just that good.

Created by the Benedictine monks of Cluny around the year 1100, Château des Bachelards’ vineyards have been long revered by locals, sommeliers, and wine critics alike. Run by the Platet family for over 200 years, from 1793-2007, the estate is now managed by Alexandra de Vazeilles. Alexandra, the Comtesse de Vazeilles, who trained at Chateau Latour before taking on the domaine, has even surpassed the rigorous farming traditions upheld by both the Benedictine monks and the Platets, implementing organic and biodynamic techniques on top of next level additions like agroforestry in the vines, a permaculture vegetable garden, sheep for weed control and fertilization, naturally occurring bees, herbal medicine, horse-drawn soil cultivation, and more. This estate is widely considered to be making the best wines in its long and illustrious history, and let me tell you, as a team with decades of experience in food and wine, this wine is a revelation.

Moulin-à-Vent is known for a more powerful and structured Beaujolais, and this wine certainly marches that line. Brooding, intense aromas of black pepper, wild sage, and black currant, accompanied with more black fruits on the palate, with a savory, almost syrah-like meaty smokiness note... this may just be the most powerful Beaujolais you’ve ever tasted. No carbonic maceration; this is Burgundian elegance with a Northern Rhone iron fist.

The terroir of this Moulin-à-Vent bottling is a blend of several plots, with 80-100-year-old vines located on fine-grained, schist, and black granite rock. Along with clay particles imparting strength and power, the wine is balanced and honed by the limestone veins that bring freshness and tension. 24 months in barrel before bottling and a wine that is fresh and lively in the here and now, but with two decades of cellaring potential. What a treat! Grab some before it's gone!

PAIRING IDEAS: Trust me on this...Chinese stir-fry is the perfect match here. Specifically, this Chicken with Black Bean Sauce.

MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: This wine is all about harmony and naturally, I’m going Florence + The Machine here with “No Light, No Light”.

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.