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A Premier Cru Red Burgundy to Fall Head Over Heels With

2019 Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière, Domaine Bachelet-Monnot, Burgundy

“If you enjoyed the Bachelet’s Bourgogne Rouge then you’ll fall head over heels for this wine.” Jonny Wren, Songbird Wines

“What I really love is how they (the Bachelet brothers) elevate Maranges into something that exceeds all expectations.” Neal Martin, Vinous.com

“If you don’t know or don’t rate Maranges, this wine is a wake-up call.” Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy

The 2021 Burgundy En Primeur campaign is in full swing and there are two things that are quite obvious – the quantities available are tiny compared to last year (of which yields were lower than the previous vintage) and the prices have gone up again. Quality is outstanding, especially with the whites. However, I have a feeling that we will see little of this vintage on the market once it is shipped and whispers of a drought of affordable drinking Burgundy are getting louder and more frequent. It is this talk that has spurred me in to snapping up as much Burgundy from older vintages as possible, and especially from top value Domaines like Bachelet-Monnot.

This Domaine was set up in 2005 by brothers Marc & Alexandre Bachelet and they own excellent organic vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet, Maranges and Santenay. The quality of their wine is pretty unanimous across the trade along with critics such as Neal Martin, probably the world’s most influential wine writer. Neal has scored their recently released 2021 Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière at 91-93 points and it is priced at £215 (once you include duty and VAT).

However, the slowly maturing 2019 vintage of the same wine also scored 91-93 points and I have a small parcel available at £175 per case including VAT. Not only is that £40 per case cheaper than the 2021 but its score in 2019 equalled Grand Cru and Premier Cru offerings from prestigious Domaines such as Armand Rousseau, Georges Roumier and Francois Lamarche in that same vintage. These much sought-after wines are currently fetching between £450-£750 per bottle on the market which makes the Maranges 1er Cru La Fussières from Bachelet-Monnot look like a rare beast indeed – a true Burgundy Bargain!

I had a bottle during the Christmas break and it was gorgeous, just starting its long plateau of maturity, but totally satisfying all the same. It’s astounding that wine of this quality was released at under £30 per bottle, but what’s more astonishing is that with three years bottle age, it still is. I have 60 bottles available and three words for you – SNAP IT UP.

2019 Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière, Domaine Bachelet-Monnot @ £175 per case (6 bottles)*

“The Fussieres shows a real step in quality from the Bourgogne Rouge with plenty of the vibrant red fruit that made that so delicious but with much more concentration. There’s hints of mocha spice on the nose that already sits nicely with the red cherry and cranberry flavours, but there’s also a touch of dark fruit coming through too. The layers of fruit on the palate are astounding on a wine at this price and the structure is bold but refined – there’s a long life ahead of this wine for sure. If you enjoyed the Bachelet’s Bourgogne Rouge then you’ll fall head over heels for this wine.” Jonny Wren, Songbird Wines

“The 2019 Maranges La Fussières 1er Cru Rouge, which contains around 30% whole bunches, has a well-defined nose with autumn leaves and tea leaf infusing the vibrant red fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a structured opening, very fresh and brimming with tension, harmonious from start to finish with a liberal sprinkling of cracked black pepper on the very sustained aftertaste. Excellent. Drink 2023 – 2038.” Neal Martin, Vinous.com

“If you don’t know or don’t rate Maranges, this wine is the wake-up call. The Bachelet-Monnot 2019 1er Cru La Fussière is really concentrated, with masterful intensity in all senses, but still with elegance. Perfectly ripe deep cherry-raspberry fruit with a long finish, fuller-bodied than ever in the past and without the trenchant acidity that used to be a feature sometimes.” 90-93 points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy

Prices of Burgundy are going only one way at the moment and I can see you not getting much change from £50 for a bottle of wine of this quality in a couple of years’ time. Knowing you paid just over half of that for a bottle of this will make the wine taste all the better. If you’re planning to try a bottle soon then do give it at least an hour in a decanter to get the full benefit.

There might even be some left so email orders@songbirdwine.co.uk to find out.

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