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Bachelder Les Village NOTL Chardonnay 2020

Canada, Ontario
92 JG
92 WA
91 NW

Bachelder Wines - Les Village 'NOTL (Niagara-on-the-Lake)" Chardonnay 2020

Chardonnay hallmarks of honeyed, mentholated waxy notes, with white peach and pear. Silky-rich, even a bit exotic, but dead-dry with a spicy but savoury minerality, tight but not stony. One might even call this a ‘N.O.T.L. Chardonnay for lovers of Bench wines!’ (The Willms, Bator, Bai Xu and Patte Rouge parcels make up this complex blend.) Ageing-Improvement Potential : Will hold for several years, improving all the long.

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.

 

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  (incl. tax)

Bachelder Wines - Les Village 'NOTL (Niagara-on-the-Lake)" Chardonnay 2020

Chardonnay hallmarks of honeyed, mentholated waxy notes, with white peach and pear. Silky-rich, even a bit exotic, but dead-dry with a spicy but savoury minerality, tight but not stony. One might even call this a ‘N.O.T.L. Chardonnay for lovers of Bench wines!’ (The Willms, Bator, Bai Xu and Patte Rouge parcels make up this complex blend.) Ageing-Improvement Potential : Will hold for several years, improving all the long.

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.

 

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 (57)
Owning & Enjoying

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2032

Press
92Wineanorak (Jamie Goode)
Textured and concentrated with sweet pear and peach notes, and a touch of nut and spice. Very expressive with a nice chalky saline edge under the rich fruit. There’s the Niagara richness and softness, but also a bright fine spiciness on the finish. Very expressive. 
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
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.
Production

Vintage Notes

Niagara on the Lake (N.O.T.L.)

Vinification

• VQA NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE N.O.T.L.
• A CONSIDERED, CAREFUL BLEND OF FOUR DIFFERENT SITES
• VARIOUS SOIL TYPES IN N.O.T.L. PRIMARILY CLAY, LACUSTRIN CLAY, SILT,
DOLOMITIC LIMESTONE, SOME SAND
• CLONES IF APPLICABLE: See individual vineyards
• PLANTING YEARS: 1981-TO 2005
• ELEVATION: VARIOUS, FROM 80M TO 85m
• DISTANCE FROM LAKE ONTARIO: FROM 6.5 TO 14 KILOMETRES, FROM 4 TO 7.7 KM
FROM NIAGARA RIVER
• INDIGENOUS YEAST FERMENT; INDIGENOUS MALOLACTIC 100%
• 16 MONTHS IN 15% NEW OAK BARRELS, THEN TWICE AND THRICE USED AND THE REMAINDER
NEUTRAL (OLDER BUT CLEAN), FROM BURGUNDIAN COOPERS, & FORESTS
• RACKED TO TANK BY GRAVITY / UNDER PRESSURE OF INERT GAS
• GLUCOSE/FRUCTOSE: 1.8 G/L
• HARVESTED FROM 26TH OF SEPTEMBER 4TH OF OCTOBER 2020
• 162 CASES PRODUCED

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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