Albert Bichot Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Morgeots 2018
A rich, layered, creamy benchmark of Chassagne-Montrachet, attractive with great freshness
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Top Rated, Organic & Biodynamic
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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 in central Burgundy in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, the Chassagne-Montrachet appellation along with Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet constitute the prestigious “Côte des blancs”. Morgeot includes several “climats” near the Abbey of Morgeot, to the south of the village. In the Middle Ages, these lands belonged to the Abbey of Maizières, who cleared the land to plant vines and construct the buildings necessary for the production of wine. One can say that Morgeot is to the Côte de Beaune what Clos-de-Vougeot is to the Côte de Nuits. The second peculiarity of this vineyard is that it is planted with both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Soil – Brown calcareous clay, with some marls
Grape Variety – 100% Chardonnay
Vatting – Oak barrels (50% to 75% new oak). Vatting time: 6 weeks to 2 months
Ageing – In oak barrels 100%. Ageing time: 14 to 16 months. Proportion of new barrels: 30% to 50 %
Very fine and mineral, this wine develops aromas of green tea and citrus fruit, which with ageing will evolve towards notes of dried fruit and rare spices. Very intense, it is full-bodied and well structured with mild tannins that provide nice overall equilibrium. Remarkable, long-lasting flavours.
Food Pairing – Ideal with fine fish and shellfish but also with white meats, poultry in sauce and full-flavoured cheeses.
Serve between 12 and 14°C. (53°F – 57°F). This wine has great ageing potential, between 7 and 10 years or more.
Wine Enthusiast – 93 points
A subtle nose on this wine offers hints of corn husk and buttermilk, with a slight edge of lemon. The palate comes in with gentle freshness and a smooth, bright texture that seems bedded on soft chalkiness. It shows wonderful understatement, paying tribute to finesse rather than power. Drink by 2035.
Burghound – 90 points
A discreet application of wood frames the ripe and fresh aromas of poached pear, petrol and rosemary oil. The delicious, round and caressing medium-bodied flavors possess good power while the mid-palate texture is nicely seductive, all wrapped in a dry and lingering finale. 2024+
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