Situated in the Cote de Beaune of Burgundy, Domaine Bader-Mimeur produces a wide range of spectacular wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The various vineyard parcels are treated with minimal intervention to allow for an environmentally friendly wine-making process. Grapes undergo careful selection and wines are aged in top-quality oak barrels to produce extraordinary wines with complex aromas and flavours.
A History Buff’s Chateau
Located in the Cote de Beaune at the southern corner of the Cote d’Or, Bader-Mimeur is a magnificent winery from the 19th century with parts dating back to the 13th century. During the French Revolution the chateau and surrounding estate, planted with grapevines, were auctioned to Lespagnol and later resold in pieces. While the northern wing was expanded to form a residential building, the southern wing was replaced with a winery. The building was joined in the second half of the 19th century by wine merchants Mr. and Mrs. Masson Dubois. In 1919, the property was purchased by Mr. Charles Mimeur. When Mr. Mimeur’s daughter, Elise Mimeur, married Parisian wine merchant Charles Bader in 1920, the current name of the winery was born.
The property benefits from a unique wind which bring hot or cold temperatures, but also sweeps away bad weather in the region. The vineyards are also protected by a mountain and the Montrachet in the west, which together form a great natural barrier. The Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Aligote vines are planted on a mixture of argil, chalk, sand, iron and oxides with various different compositions in the different vineyards.
The short vines are naturally weeded and minimally treated in order to maintain an environmentally friendly approach. Since 1919 all Bader-Mimeur harvests have been carried out manually by a highly qualified and loyal team housed at the Domain. As the white grapes arrive at the winery, they are loaded onto an elevator, which lifts them to a high-tech pneumatic press. After a 12-hour decantation in vats, the juice is moved with gravity (without pumps) to oak casks underneath the winery. Wines from different parcels are separately aged in top quality oak (20 percent of which is renewed each year). The casks are topped-up in order to compensate for evaporation, in a practice called l’ouillage. Wines produced from different cuvees of each separate appellation are blended and matured in oak casks for 10 to 14 months before bottling.
In the case of their red wines, only the best grapes are added to large oak vats, which are then punched down twice per day in order to maximize contact between the juice and the skins. Usually, Burgundy wines are matured in vats. At Bader-Mimeur, however, they are aged in oak casks, which are considered crucial for helping the wines reach their full potential in terms of colour, aromas and flavour.
The Wines of Domaine Bader-Mimeur
Bader-Mimeur owns and operates 98% of the vineyards of Chateau Chassagne-Montrachet. The estate produces several appellation wines, ranging from white and red Chassagne de Montrachet to Saint Aubain Premier Cru en Remilly and regionald Burgundy wines made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Aligote. The vineyard is planted with 55% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir and 5% Aligote vines up to 70 years old.
3 wines from the estate
Chateau de Chassagne-Montrachet 2009
This Chardonnay white wine is produced in the Chassagne-Montrachet. Aged 35 years on average, the vines benefit from clay-limestone soil. The wine is aged in French oak barrels (20% in new barrels) for 12 months, and is regularly stirred.
The 2009 Chassagne-Montrachet Village “Chateau de Chassagne-Montrachet” is a superb wine already offering all of its potential at tasting. The expressive nose reveals fragrances of ripe pears and yellow fruits (dried apricots and nectarines), along with petrol and roasted notes. On the palate, the wine has sublime volume and is extremely intense. To be kept until 2020-2025.
Chassagne-Montrachet Village “Vieilles Vignes” 2013
The Chassagne-Montrachet Village “Vieilles Vignes” of Domaine Bader-Mimeur consists of a blend of Chardonnay from four parcels near the Grands Crus of the Chassagne-Montrachet appellation. The vines are quite old – 30 years on average – and are planted on clay-limestone soils. The wine is only matured in French oak barrels (20% in new barrels) for 12 months and stirred regularly.
At tasting, the Chassagne-Montrachet Village “Vieilles Vignes” 2013 of Domaine Bader-Mimeur reveals a sublime bouquet of citrus fruits on the nose, along with subtle notes of fresh mint. The palate is typical of Chardonnay – ample, powerful, but also well-rounded thanks to barrel-ageing. The wine will be at its peak around 2020-2022 and should be consumed by 2024-2026.
Chateau de Chassagne-Montrachet 2014
This is a Chardonnay white wine produced from vines aged 35 years on average, on clay-limestone soils. The ageing of the wine is carried out in French oak barrels (of which 20% are new), for 12 months and with regular stirring.
The Chassagne-Montrachet Village “Chateau de Chassagne-Montrachet” 2014 of Domaine Bader-Mimeur displays a pretty bright yellow colour. The nose, a bit discrete in its youth, releases fragrances of white-fleshed fruits and subtle notes of petroleum on a mellow woodiness. The wine is superbly tense on the palate, offering a balanced finish and a beautiful structure that gives it a very good ageing potential. This wine will reach its peak around 2023-2025 and should be kept until 2025-2030.