Now run by the sixth generation of the Bachey family, this is an estate of just 18 hectares, with small plots within vineyards scattered around Santenay, Chassagne and Maranges.
Santenay is below Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet, in the Côte de Beaune, an area of course much better known for its fine whites than its reds, but in fact over 80% of the vineyard is Pinot Noir. Clos Rousseau, a south-facing vineyard to the west of the village, is one of the best Premier Crus in the appellation – indeed its traditional name is ‘Grand Clos Rousseau’. This Burgundy has been grown on old vines in limestone rich soils and aged for 14 months. This gives a wine with an excellent combination of softness and structure with a very intense, and long finish.
Santenay 1er Cru Clos Rousseau is another great wine from the Bachey-Legros, the nose is enticing, cherry-infused with pure and fresh red berries, these flavours are also found on the palate where hints of juicy ripe plum join the happy mix. Quite intense and firm on the finish.