Albert Bichot Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots 2018
This Grand Cru offer power and precision, marrying intense aromas with structure and lingering minerality
Top Rated, Organic & Biodynamic
Formal Entertainment, Indulgence, Icon & Invest
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Since 1831, The Bichot family has been at the forefront of Burgundy wines. Over the course of 6 generations, the house style has become more and more refined and distinct in elegance.With Albéric Bichot at the helm since 1996, the house has focused its future on quality, minimal intervention winemaking and organic farming. The embodiment of this approach resulted in their 6 domaines being fully organically certified since 2018, while receiving praise and awards on the quality of the wines.
Located on the easternmost side of Chablis, “Les Blanchots” is a plot that is quite unique among the Grand Crus of Chablis. Its clay and limestone soil that contains ferrous clay along with an exceptional amount of morning sunlight give “Les Blanchots” a very distinctive and dominating floral character with remarkable finesse.
Soil – Calcareous and Kimmeridgian clay with some blue clay. Parcel size: 1.5-ha (3.7 acre) plot. Average age of the vine: 35 years
Grape Variety – 100% Chardonnay
Vatting – In stainless steel vats (75%) ; In 3 to 5-year-old oak barrels (25%)
Ageing – In oak barrels 15%, and final ageing in stainless steel vats (100%). Ageing time: 10 months in oak barrels and vats ; Final ageing in stainless steel vats 6 months, on fine lees
Les Blanchots is remarkably elegant. The nose is dominated by a bouquet of white flowers (Lillies, roses). The mouth is ample and generous with great harmony. The finale is very mineral with discreet hints of sea air and smoke (flint, pencil graphite).
Food pairing – Young, it will accompany seafood. With more age; poultry and veal in sauces, dishes based on truffles and mushrooms, local cheeses.
Serve between 11 and 13°C (52°F – 55°F). This Grand Cru may be enjoyed in its youth or laid down for a dozen or so years to allow it to acquire hints of honey and spring meadow mushrooms.
Platinum Medal – Decanter World Awards 2019 – 95 points
James Suckling – 93-94 points
Super fragrant and attractively ripe peach aromas with a very lively and pure attitude. The palate offers such attractive and succulent ripe peaches and a sleeve of lemon, piercing right through to the long, fresh finish. Drink over the next five years.
Inside Burgundy – 91-94 points
Clear pale colour with a light lemon tint. Lightish bouquet, but it is an attractive floral perfume, nonetheless. Rather peachier on the palate, with underlying white fruit, crisp, good weight and length. Nice little touch of bitterness behind.
Jancis Robinson – 17.5/20
Creamy almond notes, with oyster shell, spice and yellow apple. Dense, chalky and tight, with brisk acidity rather than crisp. Creamy and long, and certainly needs time. Worthy of grand cru.
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