Bachelder is a small winery with cellars located in three of the world’s classic cool-climate Chardonnay regions: Burgundy; Oregon and Niagara. We strive to make pure, mineral wines from the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, elegantly-respectful of their individual terroirs. We have been making Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for others since the mid-90’s, working for multiple Domaine wineries in all three regions, and now, with the Bachelder ‘3 Terroirs’ Project, we are honouring the regions we have come to know and love, by making our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir under our own name in all three wine regions. Thomas has worked for both Ponzi Vineyards and Lemelson in Oregon, and it is from the latter that he rents cellar space to make Bachelder. Lemelson Vineyards has a state-of-the-art gravity facility, and 60 hectares of organic vineyards that are amongst the most meticulously-kept vineyards in the entire Willamette Valley. Working with fruit from both the Sandstone and Volcanic (Basaltic) strata that predominate in Oregon, Bachelder is able to capture the fruit and coax out the stunning minerality of Oregon Chardonnay in all of its lacey purity.
Everything goes to barrel for long ageing ‘élévage,’ but the intent is not wines that taste of oak, but pure, unfettered 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 best terroirs, grown in the complex sedimentary and volcanic-derived soils of Oregon.