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Chateau des Bachelards Comtesse de Vazeilles Saint-Amour 2019  - First Bottle


94 James Suckling -
Deep nose with savory and spicy complexity and a slew of subtle red-fruit aromas. Light-years removed from the easy-going Saint Amours that cash in on the appeal of this cru’s name. Wonderful, velvety texture on the generous but beautifully balanced palate. I love the fine-grained tannins that support the long, elegant finish. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink or hold.

Technical Details

  • WinemakerAlexandra de Vazeilles and Stephane Derenoncourt
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBeaujolais
  • AppellationSaint-Amour
  • Farming MethodCertified Biodynamic

Chateau des Bachelards Comtesse de Vazeilles Saint-Amour 2019

Gamay  |  France

Certified Biodynamic
43% off retail!

CHATEAU DES BACHELARDS is certainly the very top Beaujolais Chateau in the game right now. With consistent scores and critical praise rarely achieved by even Grand Cru Burgundy houses, this tops my list of wines every wine lover should know (and collect!). 94-point Beaujolais is a rare thing in the wild, and we are proud to be the only shop in the USA to have this!

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 and Domaine Roulot 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.

Not only is the only Beaujolais Chateau with organic and biodynamic certifications across holdings in Fleurie, Moulin-à-vent, and Saint-Amour… their top-notch farming is just the beginning! Throw in some sage winemaking advice from Stephane Derenoncourt – described by Decanter as " of the world's most sought-after consultants", and you have a recipe for something truly special!

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. Pinot-ish in weight, but SO much more. Delightfully floral, fruit-packed, spicy, and utterly wonderful to drink. Peonies and lavender, raspberry, pomegranate, cranberry tea, with roasted herbs, mineral earth, and white pepper and Szechuan peppercorns on the finish – this is a layered and dynamic wine with a seamless velvety texture, and plenty of structure to age. A coveted sommelier staple for years, we discovered it in Paris some time back (at Le Meurice, no less) and we made a deal to bring this beauty back to the States for the first time ever with the 2016 vintage. 60-110+-year-old vines that consistently make the top-rated gamays of the region every single year. If you love the elegance and complexity of Burgundy, with the spice and persistence of Northern Rhone, this is something you need to try. Happy exploring, friends!

PAIRING IDEAS: This really can’t be beaten...a bottle of this and a simple, juicy, crispy, and delicious roasted whole chicken. Dry and salt the skin really well, start off in a hot 475 oven, get some color, and drop the oven to 325 to finish. Serve with whatever veggies are in season, and a nice crusty baguette to mop up the juices as you go!

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.