1996 Domaine Bachelet Charmes Chambertin

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Wine Critic Reviews for 1996 Domaine Bachelet Charmes Chambertin

(Charmes-Chambertin “Vieilles Vignes”- Domaine Denis Bachelet) I had expected more of our 1996 reds to have the shape and bounce of Denis Bachelet’s promising Charmes-Chambertin, as this wine is still tangy and its structure is defined by its acidity, despite all of the underlying elements starting to really emerge from hibernation. The wine is still youthful, though the nose is now nicely open and reveals a fine constellation of red and black cherries, grilled meats, dark soil tones, a nice touch of upper register spice and cedar. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, vibrant and tangy, with a lovely mid-palate depth, superb transparency, moderate tannins and a long, lifted and complex finish. This is very tasty in its tangy and youthful complexity and I would have no problem drinking it today, but there will be even more fireworks another five years down the road for this wine. (Drink between 2023-2060).

John Gilman | 95 JG
The 1996 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru is a wine that I bought a few bottles of in the days when I could get change from fifty pounds! This replicates the strong showing from 2010: ebullient red fruit on the nose with crushed granite and light truffle scents that convey more brightness than many 1996 reds. The palate is beautifully balanced with svelte tannins and a well-structured, quite grippy but balanced finish. It simply oozes effortless class and should offer many more years of pleasure. Tasted at The Ledbury in London.

Vinous Media | 95 VM
Tasted at the Denis Bachelet dinner at Quality Chop House. The Charmes-Chambertin 1996 has plenty of sous-bois on the nose, perhaps too much in proportion to the fruit, with hints of menthol developing with time that feel just a little out of place. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins. This is a decent, solid Charmes-Chambertin that feels a little funky on the finish. Not bad, but I expected more and wonder whether another bottle would be better.

Robert Parker Neal Martin | 92 RP-NM
(Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Red) This is very 1996 in character with its combination of power and finesse with elegant, almost completely primary pinot fruit and flavors underpinned by slightly edgy tannins and very nice length. This is delicious yet entirely serious as the structure coupled with the acidity and mid-palate density will permit this to age over the medium term. The only nit is a slight vegetal quality to the extremely fresh and vibrant finish. Consistent notes.

Burghound | 90 BH

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Vintage 1996
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Domaine Bachelet
Rating 95 JG
Region Burgundy: Situated just west of the beautiful river Saone, the hills and valleys of Burgundy stand as they have stood since medieval times, and you can almost hear the cheerful chatter of vineyard workers from miles away. Indeed, France's identity in the world of wine would be incomplete without the inclusion of Burgundy and its many viticultural achievements. Every little sub-region of the area boasts a unique soil composition, which, when combined with the area's climate conditions, creates an incredibly diverse and appealing selection of fine wines. Every new bottle is an adventure of its own, and a snapshot of its birthplace. You could spend years sampling great Burgundian wines, and you would still have a lot to learn, which is what makes the region so compelling for veterans and novice wine lovers alike. No matter what your taste in wines may be, there is a winery in Burgundy that could mesmerize your mind and make your senses scream with joy. And what better way to spend a comfy summer afternoon with your friends and family than with a classy bottle from some of the region's most reputable wineries? From the noble slopes of Cote d'Or to the flatlands near various settlements, let us help you on your journey as we explore Burgundy's most delicious and renowned wines.
Type of Wine Burgundy Red: If you have a craving for some beautiful, mind-expanding Pinot Noir, few regions can match the talent and consistency of Burgundy. The grape almost seems like it evolved for this very region, and its essence will stimulate your senses and arouse your imagination. Drink deep and experience almost spiritual enlightenment.
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Varietal Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is possibly the most versatile red grape when it comes to the ways it's been used over the years. From red wines to sparkling wines and beyond, there aren't many places where you can avoid hearing about it, and for a good reason. It's often easy to spot a bottle of Pinot Noir simply by the pale, translucent color, which transitions into a shade reminiscent of old-timey brickwork, adding a lovely dash of country charm to an already awe-inspiring drink.
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