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.
Red cherry, blackcurrant and raspberries dominate the nose and there is a hint of the ‘farmyardy’ aromas found in developing top class Burgundies. On the palate black fruits give 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 but will soften further.
This wine drinks very well now but the smoky tannins, acidity and rich fruits indicate that it will develop further in the bottle.