With warmer vintages, brings forth opportunities, and improvements to the reds of the Cotes de Beaune. Bachelet-Monnot is one of those producers who manages to tease out those extra flecks of flavour. The 2018 Les Charmes Dessus is a bargain make no mistake. The quality of this wine is at lest as good as a top producer’s village wine, and would bring down many a premier cu. High toned, with Asian spices and flowers the palate is at once super bright and deep. Elevated acidity, the wine is primed for food, and is so digestible. Despite the structure, there are no hard edges, with tingling acidity and fine, persistent tannins. We happen to think that this will be quite long lived as the fruit is so vibrant, the structure pronounced and the finish long. Get some! Waters Wine Co.
Les Charmes Dessus is a site just under the Clos Rousseau 1er Cru on the south-eastern slopes of Santenay. While it’s reasonably close to Clos de la Boutière the terroir is markedly different. Here the red clay and rocky, limestone soils result in aromatic, racy reds of great finesse and freshness. According to Marc Bachelet, this is always the site that delivers the best acidity in the reds, no matter the year. Fermented with 25% whole bunches, it is super-classy and an absolute bargain.
This is the most acid terroir of the domaine. Vibrant purple. Some elegance to the fruit. This is extremely attractive in it style of fruit, albeit with that fresh tingle of acidity. Impressive. Doesn’t feel like a sunny year, more in the fresh red cherries register. 87-90 points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy
The 2018 Santenay Les Charmes-Dessus is not expressive compared to the Domaine’s other cuvées, the shutters are closed! The palate is medium-bodied with edgy, chalky tannins. You might imagine there is some whole bunches here but there is in fact none, a touch of graphite and citrus fruit towards the slightly brittle finish. This will need time, but patience will be rewarded. 92 points, Neal Martin, Vinous