Better than Snow
Lucien Aviet, Named Bacchus
At Bachus' everything remained unchanged - only Gorki, the dog, has aged distinctly (see our report Visit at Bacchus' in December 2002). Madame Aviet welcomed us heartily and offered us - like it's custom here - the reds first for degustation.
We started with the Ploussard and after that tasted three different vintages of the Trousseau. A very interesting and profitable comparison between 2002, 2004 and 2005. The 2002 appeared the most open, the 2004 was brighter and not so dense but very fine. The youngest, 2005, had already been bottled and is regarded to be very promising. It is dense, concentrated and has substance. Read more in the degustation notes at the end of the page.
When we got to the white wine, Lucien Aviet entered the cellar with a thick bundle of brushwood for the stove. The Savagnin and especially the Vine Jaune have a complexity that can keep you busy for long - and that's the reason why we stayed so long.
You feel like staying and can't help thinking Bacchus' cellar is a living room, too.
The mighty, carefully carved barrels feature crossbeams on the front that are being used as shelves for all sort of finds.
Aviet possesses a collection of old bottles from former centuries. For instance, he showed us a German beer bottle made of pottery.
After finishing the degustation, we were quite impressed as we left the cellar and stepped out of the door. It had started to snow heavily. The whole week before had been spring weather, on the journey here there had been some sleet and now a short winter had arrived.
We parked the car beneath the canopy so we could load our purchases in the dry. Meanwhile, Gorki scouted the newly interesting surroundings curiously. Vin Jaune and its maturing have a lot to do with youth and age and the youth of age. Nowhere else can you contemplate about that so peacefully like at Bacchus' in Montigny-les-Asures.
Ploussard Cuvée des Docteurs 2005
Trousseau Cuvée des Géologues 2004
Trousseau Cuvée des Géologues 2002
Trousseau Cuvée des Géologues 2005
Chardonnay Cuvée des Docteurs 2004
Savagnin Réserve du Caveau 2000
Vin Jaune Cuvée de la Confrérie 1999