Bachelet-Monnot Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière Rouge 2020


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“The 2020 Maranges La Fussière 1er Cru which contains slightly less whole bunch than the Village, has a more austere, well-defined, stony bouquet featuring dark berry fruit and touches of black tea. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red berry fruit and slightly granular in texture, leading to a cohesive, sustained fnish. Very classy, and I reckon this should be quite approachable thanks to its pliancy.” 91-93 points, Neal Martin, Vinous

“Almost black in the centre. Black cherry, very powerful indeed with some firm tannins and still very good acidity. Sterner and weightier, not for the ethereal minded. The wine had not yet been adjusted for sulphur and a second sample was fresher, though along similar lines.” 89-92 points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy

La Fussière is the largest climat of Maranges (at the very south of the Côte de Beaune, next to Santenay), covering an area of almost 35 hectares. It has a southerly exposure, directly towards the start of the Côte Chalonnaise, on a slope at an altitude between 290 and 400-metres. With the addition of a new parcel in 2020, the Bachelet vines cover three hectares with an average age of 60 years. Eleven different parcels are blended to make this cuvée. This wine spent roughly 12 months in used casks and was then racked to cement vats where it rested for roughly six months.

The 2020 is a brilliant release for this wine (we’ll be saying this a lot in 2020!) with superb balance so that, although the wine is deep, the digestibility is such that you feel you could drink a bottle on your own! The Bachelet aim has always been to craft finer, more aromatic reds from the Côte’s southern reaches, and this limestone-rich site—as well as the introduction of more whole-bunches (30% in this cuvée)—has helped further this aim. In addition to the reviews below, Jasper Morris opines, “If you don’t know or don’t rate Maranges, this wine is the wake-up call.” Hear, hear! Look at the reviews, keep in mind that this is Burgundy 1er Cru, and then reflect on the price—bargain is an understatement!

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