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Bachelder Les Village NOTL Chardonnay 2020

Canada, Ontario
91 NW
92 WA

Some ‘get’ "Da Wiz" right away, some suddenly find they prefer it with a little age. Always noble, closed-in, restrained when young, the ‘Wismer-Wingfield’ Chardonnay is our latest ripening parcel, furthest from Lake Ontario (6,8km!), at the highest elevation (169m at the very top). The ‘Hill of Wingfield" describes sharp slope through the shorter rows. Look back a page at the Fox’s pick dates! "Da Wiz" comes in 10 days to three weeks after that parcel! One wants to call the "Hill of Wingfield" a ‘Grand Cru,’ however, with no classification system yet in place in Niagara, one is not allowed. 

WHY THIS MATTERS FROM A  ‘SENSE OF PLACE’ PERSPECTIVE. Both on the Vineland Bench and on the Jordan Bench*, the majority of  vineyards are planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This is a magic  place for Chardonnay: amateurs of Niagara Bench Chardonnay from  around the world (who may have never visited the region) have amply  proved this point with their laurels, with their support. The secret lies  in the ex-marine soils, and in the altitude and distance from the lake. In toto, it forms what could be called "Niagara’s Grand Cru strip."  Vineland Bench Chardonnay?" "Nuanced, fine, scented, great length,  mineral, long-lived."

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava NIagara-on-the-Lake VQA
Producer Bachelder Wines
Vintage 2020
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
¥6,600

Some ‘get’ "Da Wiz" right away, some suddenly find they prefer it with a little age. Always noble, closed-in, restrained when young, the ‘Wismer-Wingfield’ Chardonnay is our latest ripening parcel, furthest from Lake Ontario (6,8km!), at the highest elevation (169m at the very top). The ‘Hill of Wingfield" describes sharp slope through the shorter rows. Look back a page at the Fox’s pick dates! "Da Wiz" comes in 10 days to three weeks after that parcel! One wants to call the "Hill of Wingfield" a ‘Grand Cru,’ however, with no classification system yet in place in Niagara, one is not allowed. 

WHY THIS MATTERS FROM A  ‘SENSE OF PLACE’ PERSPECTIVE. Both on the Vineland Bench and on the Jordan Bench*, the majority of  vineyards are planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This is a magic  place for Chardonnay: amateurs of Niagara Bench Chardonnay from  around the world (who may have never visited the region) have amply  proved this point with their laurels, with their support. The secret lies  in the ex-marine soils, and in the altitude and distance from the lake. In toto, it forms what could be called "Niagara’s Grand Cru strip."  Vineland Bench Chardonnay?" "Nuanced, fine, scented, great length,  mineral, long-lived."

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava NIagara-on-the-Lake VQA
Producer Bachelder Wines
Vintage 2020
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13%
Product Code A017W00720
UPC 185729000910
Inventory In Stock (60)
Owning & Enjoying

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2032

Press
91Wines In Niagara
The Willms, Bator, Bai Xu and Patte Rouge (yes, Red Paw of Coyote’s Run fame) vineyard parcels make up this blend from the warm 2020 vintage. It immediately shows off the vintage with a ripe and overt nose of ripe peach, pear, spices, and a lifted perfumy note going on. All that ripeness carries to the palate with a concentrated array of plump stone fruits, integrated spice notes, touch of honey and vanilla toast and enough juicy acidity to keep it fresh and lively. 
92WineAlign
Sara d'Amato A reserve blend of barrels from Bachelder's Niagara-on-the-Lake fruit that is notably well-balanced and exhibits unexpected vibrancy and savoriness. Dried herbs compliment the ripe stone fruit with an appealing zestiness and minerality on the palate. Voluminous but not heavy, there careful winemaking at play here. Memorable length. Tasted July 2022
Producer

Producer Description

In just over a decade, Thomas Bachelder has made a name for himself as a producer of world class, terroir-based, organic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Burgundy, Oregon and Niagara. With their two young daughters in tow, Thomas and his wife Mary Delaney have unwittingly become wine gypsies, following their passion to produce terroirrevealing wines from these two most noble Burgundian grapes.

Made with intention

They make wines from local terroirs using ‘wild’ (indigenous) yeasts, using organic vineyards wherever possible. Everything goes to barrel for long ageing. The intent is to make pure, suavely-textured wines that sing lightly and clearly of their vineyard origins with as little makeup as possible – wines that are finely-perfumed and tightly-wound, offering the classic refined fruit and textured minerality of the delicate silt, clay and dolomitic limestone-laced ancient lakebed terroirs of Niagara.

A little note from Thomas and Mary

We’re inspired by the love of our spiritual home – Burgundy – where the grapes we love originally evolved, where even the tiniest of vineyards are put separately into a bottle. Our aim is to help discover, quantify and name the Terroirs of Niagara, one-by-one, from west (just outside Hamilton) to east (just outside the “Old Town” of Niagara-on-the-Lake) – and to deliver their energy and their purity of spirit to your glass! Pull the cork and dream of the vineyard from which it comes!

Santé! Cheers!
Thomas & Mary Delaney-Bachelder
 

“…Bachelder is evidently on a monk’s errand to map out the escarpment with Burgundian-like precision.” - John Szabo, MS

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