On my September trip to Burgundy I had the priviledge to visit Albert Bichot to taste some 2012s from the different domaines and branches of the Bichot house.
The tasting include wines from Albert Bichot, Domaine de Pavillon, Domaine du Clos Frantin and Chateau Gris. The cask samples were collected in the different estates, and the tasting was held at the Bichot headquarter in Beaune.
Impressive quality – from Gevrey to Meursault
I have already covered the overall quality of the Bichot estates in another article where the tasting notes for Domaine du Clos Frantin also are published – you find the article here. The tasting notes for Domaine du Chateau Gris 2012 and Domaine du Pavillon 2012 are also published and can be found here.
Tasting notes for Maison Albert Bichot 2012
At the tasting we tasted four negociant wines from Maison Albert Bichot – all from Cote de Nuits and all made in Nuits-Saint-Georges by winemaker Cyrille Jacquelin and his team. Stylewise they are therefore not far from the style of the Domaine du Clos Frantin wines – quality wise they seem to be just below the Domaine du Clos Frantin lineup.
Albert Bichot, Chambolle-Musigny Les Chabiots 2012
The Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru les Chabiots offer a fine fruit and a nice display of Chambolle Minerality. In the nose red coulis fruit – with notes of raspberries, red currant and pomegranate – with a smoky hint and a nice minerality. On the palate quite rich and layered fruit – vibrant and expressive with a nice underlying minerality. Perhaps not the most focused Chambolle – but it offers a nice drinkability and expression of terroir.
Albert Bichot, Gevrey Chambertin Laveau Saint Jacques 2012
The Laveaux Saint Jacques 2012 from Bichot is rich and quite flamboyant wine in the making. In the nose rich and sweet red and dark berry fruit – spiced with a fine earthy minerality. On the palate quite opulent and suave with a lovely purity. It’s well balanced and long with quite a touch of oak.
Albert Bichot, Latriciere Chambertin 2012
The Latriciere Chambertin 2012 is a step up in intensity and focus from the Laveaux. In the nose rich and sweet red and dark berry fruit with the oak quite forward at the moment. On the palate quite intense fruit and minerality – it’s long and focused with a nice purity and intensity. Really like the expression of terroir in this wine – a lovely Latriciere in the making.
Albert Bichot, Clos de la Roche 2012
The Clos de la Roche 2012 from Albert Bichot is a quite refined wine. In the nose a lovely floral expression of red and dark berry fruit – elegant with hints of white pepper and a filigree earthy minerality. On the palate lovely pure fruit quite firmly structured by a lovely minerality and acidity. It’s quite intense but still refined and lightfooted – a delicate and balanced Clos de la Roche in the making.