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I have just run out of this lovely wine but can get hold of a later vintage. Or why not try sister wine a single vineyard and from the same producer, Santenay 'Clos des Hâtes' - it's even more elegant and smooth.
Maranges is one of the most southerly appellations in the Côte de Beaune area of Burgundy and before 1988 its mainly medium-bodied red wines were labelled as Côte de Beaune-Villages; since the new appellation came into being they can now call themselves Maranges AC or Maranges Côte de Beaune AC. Six generations of the Bachey-Legros family have worked on this small domaine, the particular character of their wines coming from the old vines. Age means lower-yielding vines and that plus the individual terroir translate into very concentrated grapes. Sustainable agriculture is practised.
I rated this village Burgundy higher than a number of Premier and Grand Cru Burgundies at a recent tasting. I was amazed that it was not at least a Premier Cru. Fruit aromas and flavours include red cherries, blackcurrants and raspberries; on the palate also some hints of liquorice and pepper. Tannins are smooth and subtle, the texture is silky and the finish very long. The wine may develop over the next 3 or 4 years but it is very approachable now.
Recommended to drink with roast chicken, turkey, guinea fowl, duck, goose, pheasant, pigeon, veal, calves liver, lamb, pork, mushroom based dishes. Ideal with a traditional Christmas turkey meal.
Tim Atkin MW named Bachey-Legros one of the Top 10 Burgundy producers to watch Decanter Feb 2020
This is a beautiful old vine Pinot Noir with a lovely silky mouthfeel. Maranges is not a well-known appellation but this old vine wine is superb and offers good value in what has become an expensive region