Domaine Bachey-Legros Maranges Vieilles Vignes 2017

Domaine Bachey-Legros Maranges Vieilles Vignes 2017
£23.00 / bottle£262.20 / case (12 bottles)
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Country: France
Grape variety: Pinot Noir
Wine region: Burgundy
Wine style: Smooth Elegant Red
Wine Type: Red Wine
Wine Type: Limited Edition Wine
Drink: now to 2025
ABV: 13.5%

Tasting Notes

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.

Food Pairing

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 said of the winery in June 2014:
"I was intrigued to learn that six generations of the Bachey family have run this domaine. Nothing unusual about that, but each of those generations has been an only child. There are presently 18 hectares under vine in the appellations of Santenay, Chassagne-Montrachet and Maranges, with a healthy stock of old-vine material. Today it is Christiane who runs the domaine with her two sons, Samuel and Lenaic. This was a fine set of wines that come recommended."

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

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