Tasting notes: Bachey-Legros Maranges Chardonnay
Bachey-Legros Maranges Chardonnay has a Lemon zest, almonds and a touch of oak. Therefore it is a wonderfully rounded wine that’s very classy and easily as fine as some pricier alternatives.
Food Match: Bachey-Legros Maranges Chardonnay
Smoked salmon, seared scallops in a creamy garlic sauce, rich, meaty fish with butter sauces.
Santenay is administratively the last village of the Cote d’Or and in terms of wine the penultimate of the Cote de Beaune. After Santenay comes Maranges, which is administratively part of Saone et Loire. However, Santenay and Maranges are geologically more closely related to the Cote de Nuits than to the Cote de Beaune. The soil here contains more ferrous clay; pinot noir is therefore mainly planted in Santenay and Maranges. However, there was once a glacier here as well. Chardonnay has been planted on the stony soil that remains of it.
Santenay and Maranges nowadays produce wines with a very good price / quality ratio. Bachey Legros in Santenay has beautiful old vineyards. The new generation (Samuel and Lenaic) bottle themselves. And with success!
Bachey Legros was nominated in 2017 by the professional magazine Bourgogne aujourd’hui as Producteur de l’annee . Decanter has put the domain on the Domaines to watch list. The pinots from Santenay, Marranges and Chasssagne and the chardonnays from Chassagne and Santenay are now among the best of these appellations. Therefore the secret behind this success: lower returns, stricter selection. For the white wines, the brothers now opt for a somewhat more reductive, low-oxygen way of making wine. This accentuates the flint-like character of Chassagne. The red wines come from such old pieces that the motto is minimalist, the grapes hardly help to become special wines.
Chardonnay from Maranges is a rarity with 25 ha. The vines are located on the pebbly foothills of the glaciers that used to be here. Intense chardonnay.