Burgundy 2018 – Ba–Bi

For the rest of these alphabetically grouped tasting articles, and more general articles on Burgundy 2018, see our guide. Amélie Berthaut of Domaine Berthaut-Gerbet in Fixin is pictured here.

The wines are grouped alphabetically by producer (sur)name and within those groups are ordered whites before reds, ascending from generic through village, premiers and grands crus. You can change the order as you prefer using the menu below.

Domaine Bertrand Bachelet (Dezize-lès-Maranges)

Dom Bertrand Bachelet, En Remilly Premier Cru 2018 St-Aubin

More steely than the Chassagne, more herbal. Creamy texture, mouth-watering freshness, moreish and mealy on the finish but not a great deal of intensity. Persistent, though. (JH)

Drink
2022
2025
£300 per case of 12 ib Stannary St Wine Co
16.5

Dom Bertrand Bachelet 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet

Creamy citrus freshness with a hint of cedar and a touch smoky. Quite oaky on the palate but more in texture than flavour. Plenty of tension, just enough fruit weight. (JH)

Drink
2021
2023
£330 per case of 12 ib Stannary St Wine Co
16

Dom Bertrand Bachelet 2018 Maranges

Tank sample. Mid crimson. Dark-fruited and ripe but not over-ripe, just smells rich. Dark fruit on the palate, generous and with just the right firmness of smooth tannins for harmony – even now. Juicy and rounded. (JH)

Drink
2021
2025
£150 per case of 12 ib Stannary St Wine Co
16

Dom Bertrand Bachelet 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet

Bottled. Deep cherry red. Spicy and dark-fruited. Peppery and has a freshness on the nose that suggests stems, but his wines are destemmed. Savoury and chewy on the palate, full-flavoured rather than elegant but likely to become more so. (JH)

Drink
2023
2028
£225 per case of 12 ib Stannary St Wine Co
16 +

Dom Bertrand Bachelet, La Fussière Premier Cru 2018 Maranges

Tank sample. Mid to deep crimson. Rich and dark on the nose. More marked intensity and freshness than on the village wine, firmer texture, slightly chewy, and needs more time. A little bit of heat on the finish but the fruit is lovely. Persistent too. Complete and GV. (JH)

Drink
2022
2027
£195 per case of 12 ib Stannary St Wine Co
16.5

Domaine Denis Bachelet (Gevrey-Chambertin)

Dom Denis Bachelet 2018 Bourgogne

Blend of casks from Gevrey. Pressonnier and Grands Champs.
Pure dark fruit. Juicy, almost savoury and still has lovely freshness. Dark, fresh fruit, ripe tannins. And a savoury, spicy finish. (JH)

Drink
2022
2025
16 +

Dom Denis Bachelet 2018 Côte de Nuits-Villages

Quite high up the slope above Brochon. Queue de Hareng. Barrel sample.
Beautifully scented, dark-fruited and a light stony minerality to balance the fragrance. Dark, savoury fruit, mouth-watering freshness and cool dark finesse on the finish. Dark-fruited yet light on its feet. Firm, dry smooth texture. (JH)

Drink
2021
2027
16.5

Dom Denis Bachelet, Vieilles Vignes 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin

85-year-old vines. 1.5 ha (3.7 acres) total. 40% new oak. Light toast. Barrel sample.
Very interesting aroma because although the fruit is so dark, it is not sweet. Intense black cherry. Generous yet tightly wound thanks to the freshness and the cool tannic finesse (and probably also the cool temperature of the barrel sample). Wine is capricious, volunteers Denis Bachelet. Precision in the fruit. Already relatively open yet promises more. Dark-fruited elegance. (JH)

Drink
2023
2028
16.5

Dom Denis Bachelet, Les Evocelles 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin

15 cm of soil over really compact subsoil that you cannot plant without a mechanical digger. Hard like Comblanchien. 350 m elevation. They have been campaigning for this to be elevated to a premier cru for some time now. Made since 2011 (but there’ll be no 2019 because too little was produced thanks to coulure). Barrel sample.
Light, fresh and more red fruited on the nose than the Gevrey Vieilles Vignes. Delicate red fruits, scented and with a stony freshness that is more mineral than fruit. Super-fine texture, plenty of tannin but it’s so fine you barely see it and there’s excellent freshness. An aérien wine. Elegant and long and already open and expressive. (JH)

Drink
2023
2033
17

Dom Denis Bachelet, Les Corbeaux Premier Cru 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin

Vines mainly planted in the 1920s. Cool spot next to Mazis and Chambertin so usually a bit closed. Barrel sample.
A half-way point between the red sweetness and lightness of Les Evocelles and the darker character of Gevrey Vieilles Vignes. Bachelet suggests that clay soils give a more ‘masculine wine’ and he is reducing the amount of extraction – less pigeage and pressing earlier. Firm, structured but just right for a different style, there’s a firmness that is the terroir expressed not the extraction overdone. Dark fruited under the structure and in balance for a long life. Persistent. (JH)

Drink
2025
2035
17

Dom Denis Bachelet, Grand Cru 2018 Charmes-Chambertin

50% new oak and Bachelet gives me a blend made in his pipette. Barrel sample that was, like all his wines, racked after malo so he can get ‘pure wines and no reduction from the lees’. Barrel sample.
Generous in fruit immediately, both red and black. Savoury and spicy on the palate, generous but more sinewy than I expected from the nose thanks to the tension in the tannins and the acidity. Savoury and long, dark, spicy and elegant. So cool and elegant. (JH)

 

Drink
2025
2035
17.5

Domaine Jean-Claude Bachelet (St-Aubin)

Domaine Bachelet-Monnot (Dezize-lès-Maranges)

Dom Bachelet-Monnot 2018 Bourgogne

Tank sample. Lean and light with a chalky streak but not that much intensity. A little weak on the finish.

Drink
2020
2023
£165 per case of 12 ib Justerini & Brooks
15.5

Dom Bachelet-Monnot 2018 Chassagne-Montrachet

Sweet, almost coconut nose. Very charming but perhaps purists would prefer just a little more savour and less oak. There is no shortage of acidity though.

Drink
2023
2029
£180 per case of 6 ib Davy's Wine Merchants
16.5

Dom Bachelet-Monnot 2018 Puligny-Montrachet

Full, opulent with quite a bit of savour. Pure pleasure already! Long and rich. I could hoover this up this minute.

Drink
2020
2030
£205 per case of 6 ib Davy's Wine Merchants
17

Dom Bachelet-Monnot 2018 Bourgogne

Blackberry, plum and smoke. Slightly rustic tannins just detract a little from an otherwise straightforward burgundy. (TJ)

Drink
2021
2035
£85 per case of 6 ib Jeroboams
14.5

Dom Bachelet-Monnot, Les Prarons 2018 Santenay

Cask sample. Dark crimson. Rich and full of fruit and nicely judged substance and texture. Good savour. Much better value that JN Gagnard’s Tavannes tasted alongside, I’m afraid. GV 

Drink
2022
2028
£230 per case of 12 ib Justerini & Brooks
16.5

Domaine Ballot-Millot (Meursault)

Dom Ballot-Millot 2018 Meursault

Fresh, green-fruited and a touch cedary on the nose. Riper and more orangey on the palate with a light and well-judged reductive smokiness. Tight and long. (JH)

Drink
2021
2024
£200 per case of 6 ib Stannary St Wine Co
16.5

Dom Ballot-Millot, Charmes Premier Cru 2018 Meursault

Mealy and oaky on the nose. Citrus and even a hint of fresh pears – perhaps that’s the lees. Taut, very crisp but with the fruit weight to balance it. Not sure it is worth the premium compared with the village Meursault though it does have great length. (JH)

Drink
2022
2027
£350 per case of 6 ib Stannary St Wine Co
17

Domaine Daniel et Julien Barraud (Vergisson)

Dom Daniel et Julien Barraud, Sur la Roche 2018 Pouilly-Fuissé

A hint of spice on the nose suggesting some oak here. But discreet. And a light-touch smoky reduction. A big step up from the Mâcon-Chaintré Pierres Polies, tight and mouth-watering and long finish. (JH)

Drink
2021
2024
£114 per case of 6 ib Howard Ripley
16.5

Domaine Ghislaine Barthod

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Amelie Berthaut