Château des Bachelards lieu dit Les Bachelards, 69820 Fleurie
The Château des Bachelards owes its existence to the Benedictine monks. Around 1100, the monks of the abbey of Cluny founded the abbey of Arpayé and chose to plant a vineyard in the place called Les Bachelards. They draw the enclosure that still exists today, with the 17th century house and the outbuildings of the abbey unfortunately destroyed during the Revolution.
It was then a family of notables from the region that became owners of the Château des Bachelards and remained so from 1793 to 2007! During this long period, the Château is classified among the best estates in the region, thanks to its remarkable terroirs, excellently located and well exposed.
At the start of 2014, Alexandra de Vazeilles, a graduate in viticulture and oenology, acquired the Château des Bachelards and breathed new life into it!
The vineyard covers 12 hectares, including 6 hectares in Fleurie, all in one piece around the castle, all surrounded by a wall. The estate also includes a few hectares in Saint-Amour and Moulin-à-Vent, with a large majority of very old vines. The owner, Alexandra de Vazeilles, also vinifies and matures Pouilly-Vinzelles for her Chardonnay on limestone which produces tight and chiseled wines.
A pioneer of organic and biodynamic agriculture in Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent and Saint-Amour, the Château des Bachelards is doubly certified organic and biodynamic by Demeter.
The estate's wines are also regularly praised by international critics (Falstaff, Bill Nanson, Vinous, Blind Tasting) and French (Green Guide of the Best Wines of France from RVF with a score of 18/20, awarded by Olivier Poussier, Meilleur Sommelier of the World).
During your visit to the Château des Bachelards, you will have the opportunity to visit the facilities from the vineyard to the cellars and to understand the different stages in the production of a great wine thanks to the explanations of Alexandra.
You will discover the vat room and the aging cellars. You will also be offered a commented tasting of the estate's wines, accompanied by delicious bites as a food and wine pairing.