In the Bachelet family, we have been making wine for four generations. Son of Bernard Bachelet, I am originally from Maranges, but settled in Chassagne-Montrachat in 2007.
For the last six years, I have been working to restore the ancient wine-cellars of the firm of Marcilly. This old building, which dates from the 18th century, had been completely neglected.
My estate extends to fourteen hectares, mostly in the Côte de Beaune.
The Maranges area, which grows mainly Pinot Noir plus some Chardonnay, forms a link between the Côte-d’Or and the Saône-et-Loire. Its vineyards are interlocked with those of neighbouring Santenay, with which it shares some well-thought-of Premiers Crus. Maranges was granted its own AOC Village in 1988 covering the three villages of Cheilly-lès-Maranges, Dezize-lès-Maranges and Sampigny-lès-Maranges. The surrounding countryside has a character of its own - gentle and warm-hearted - which has been lovingly described by the Burgundian writer Henri Vincenot. The charmingly old-fashioned homes of the winemakers provide perfect subjects for a painter’s brush.