Château des Bachelards: pioneering a different style of wines and philosophy in Fleurie
Château des Bachelards’ wines are doubly certified organic and biodynamic – Demeter, which changes dramatically the profile of the wines. They are the only winery of Fleurie, Saint-Amour and Moulin-à-Vent to do so.
Château des Bachelards’ vineyard was established by the monks of Cluny around the year 1100 and has only had three owners since. The vineyard stretches over 12 hectares, six of which are in Fleurie in a single “clos” around the Château, cultivated like a garden and plots in Moulin-à- Vent and in Saint-Amour. Their wines are characterised by a combination of Burgundy’s elegance and Rhône Valley’s gourmandise.
The Château’s soils have been clean for more than 12 years: “They are our treasure and we care”, explain Château staff, adding, “Similarly, we do not use any of the so-called ‘Beaujolais winemaking methods’ i.e. carbonic maceration, thermovinification etc. and we don’t use any chemicals. Our wines are alive.”
Countess Alexandra de Vazielles, with an MBA from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University in Chicago, is a viticulture and oenology graduate. She lived and worked fifteen years in the US as a strategy consultant within the tech industry. Before acquiring her own estate, which allowed her to fully express herself and make her dream come true, she trained with the very best at Château Latour in Pauillac, Domaine de Montille in Volnay and Domaine Roulot in Meursault.
“You don’t like Beaujolais wines too much? Neither do I, that is why I created mine,” explains Alexandra de Vazeilles.
Alexandra de Vazeilles has no Beaujolais family roots and chose Bachelards for its terroir uniqueness and quality since she considers Fleurie’s granitic soils to be among France’s greatest terroirs. Indeed, up until the end of the 1970s, the price of wines from Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent, Saint- Amour was higher than those from Gevrey-Chambertin, Nuits- Saint-Georges, Châteauneuf-du- Pape and Margaux.
Hall 1 / Stand W185