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The September 2022 Auction: Part 4

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Auction Ends: 9/22/2022 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #49. Domaine Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2008

Description: Consists of 1 Bottle, 0.75L
Score: 94-95 WA.
"Bachelet’s 2008 Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes was his sole wine of the vintage to finish malo on an earlier schedule, namely in June, and as he reminds me, not only is this one reason why the wine is so expressive already today; the reason for consistently earlier malo from this parcel of centenarian vines lies in terroir: with white mother chalk just beneath the surface storing heat and resisting water, the fruit here always ripens first (though frequently at relatively low potential alcohol) and with markedly lower malic (and total) acidity, thus rendering a must whose pH is more hospitable to bacteria. A glorious nose of concentrated wild cherry, vanilla, nutmeg, cardamom, herbal elixir, and a hint of caramel ushers in a correspondingly alluring; already sumptuously silken and incipiently creamy; yet persistently vibratory and dynamic palate. Abundant forest floor and stony notes lend depth and mystery, yet for all of their metaphoric darkness and this wine’s suave texture, its explosive finish remains blazingly bright. This will be awesome to follow for the next 20 years if not longer. Wine Advocate #189, Jun 2010
Provenance: The Nantais Cellar
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $425

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