When we dreamed these wines, part of the dream was seeing them in the UK. But the London Wine Fair and Jancis writing about them? Pinch me!
The most geographically energetic example of this is the new range of three Chardonnays made by Canadian Thomas Bachelder. The debut range of 2009s made in Ontario, Oregon and O…, no, just kidding, Burgundy is reviewed below. He is coy about exactly where his grapes come from but those Burgundian ones seem to be pretty special to me – or perhaps it is just the spell that Bachelder, widely admired ex winemaker at Lemelson in Oregon and Le Clos Jordanne in Ontario, has woven on them.
~ excerpt from Jancis Robinson’s May 14th story “North Americans and their Burgundian Ways”
Here are Jancis’ reviews:
Bachelder, Oregon Chardonnay 2009 Willamette Valley 16.5 Drink 2013-2018
Funky, almost earthy nose. Surely there is no selected yeast in involved here! A certain richness to the fruit here, without superficial sweetness. Bone dry on the palate – hints of baked apples and distinctly ‘natural’. Relatively low acidity. Very firm and still a little chewy. A slow burner in terms of likely evolution. So different from the Oregon norm.. but I wouldn’t object to a little more freshness. 13%
Bachelder, Niagara Chardonnay 2009 Niagara Peninsula 16+ Drink 2012-2015
Pale honey gold. Minerally, almost salty nose. Sweet and slightly simple nose. Nice crystalline fruit but not that much complexity. Fades rather fast. But it has a lovely texture and finishes appetising and dry. It may well evolve into something more stimulating and important. 13%
Bachelder, Bourgogne Chardonnay 2009 Bourgogne 17 Drink 2011-2014
One of the most attractive Bourgogne Blancs I have smelled. Very bright fruit with some real breadth of fruit before a dry, emphatic finish. Lovely clean, fresh, rewarding wine. Such confidence and beautiful balance. Quite evolved but delightful. 13%
Just found out that the lovely Natalie MacLean has tasted our Bachelder Niagara 2009 for the February 18, 2012 LCBO Vintages release. Read on…
Wow! This is spectacular. Thomas Bachelder did amazing things while he was the winemaker at Le Clos Jordanne, one of my favourite Niagara wineries. Now he’s out there again, taking the lead and creating superb wines from different vineyards. This chardonnay is stunning! Lemon luminescence with a core of deep minerality and lighting brightness. Perfectly balanced between a deft hand of oak and generous fruit. Makes me love chardonnay all over again. Score: 94/100