Domaine Bachey-Legros Santenay “Clos des Hâtes” Vieilles Vignes 2020 is a lovely, classic Burgundian Pinot Noir. The 2020 vintage was rather warm so picking came early and yields were low concentrating the fruit flavours which include red cherries, blackcurrants and raspberries dominating the nose. There’s a hint of that familiar earthy aroma found in developing top class Burgundies. On the palate black fruits make way to sweet, ripe, red fruits on a lovely long finish; the texture is sublime, very smooth, the wine medium-bodied, the acidity still relatively crisp despite the hot vintage and as always it will soften as the wine develops. This wine drinks very well now but the smoky tannins, acidity and rich fruits indicate that it will develop further in the bottle.
Six generations of the Bachey-Legros family have worked on this small domaine, the character of the wines coming from the old vines – the vines in the walled Clos des Hâtes vineyard, surrounded by Santenay Premier Cru sites, were planted in 1935. The low-yielding vines and terroir translate into very concentrated grapes.
If you like a fuller-bodied, slightly more intense Pinot Noir, you might like Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir from New Zealand
but if you are looking for a really classic, smooth Burgundian Pinot Noir, you will love this Santenay. You could also try sister wine from premier cru vineyard, La Comme, Santenay 1er Cru ‘La Comme’ 2020
which is drinking beautifully already!
How to enjoy this wine
Recommended to drink with roast chicken, turkey, guinea fowl, duck, goose, pheasant, pigeon, veal, calves liver, lamb, pork, mushroom based dishes. Ideal with traditional Christmas turkey.
Serve at: 14 – 17°C
“Les Hâtes is one of the best terroirs in Santenay village. We could discuss its ranking for hours, so close is it to a Premier Cru; close both in geography since it is literally surrounded by Santenay Premiers Crus and also in quality. Our plot is in the heart of the Les Hâtes climat, in le Clos.
The fact that the vines grow in an enclosed clos gives this unique wine all its particularity and specificity. The vines are protected and the soil subjected very little to erosion, on well-drained, rather calcareous land on a gentle slope. The terroir has therefore kept all its integrity and the old vines, planted in 1935, are perfect in getting the best from it. They have maintained an exceptional state of health and their yield self-regulates quite naturally.
When harvested the grapes show lovely concentration with a lot of different-sixed, millérandé berries. Our Clos des Hâtes has a strong personality with good minerality, with tannins that are pure bred from the beginning. On the nose this wine does a balancing act between the depth of fully ripe black fruits and the freshness of red fruits, with lovely hints of spice.”
Tim Atkin MW named Bachey-Legros one of the Top 10 Burgundy producers to watch – Decanter – Feb 2020