Albert Bichot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Domaine du Pavillon 2017
Stunning example of Corton Charlemagne, an intensely concentrated and well balanced prestigious wine as praised by critics.
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 the “Les Languettes” climat on the south/southeast side of the Corton hill, the plot, which once belonged to the nuns of the Lieu-Dieu Abbey, was nicknamed “Vigne Dieu” by the old wine merchants and historians of Aloxe-Corton. A terroir renowned for its white wines whose power, due in part to its location on the hillside, can showcase finesse, delicacy and purity, on both an aromatic and a gustatory level.
Soil – Calcareous brown soil overlying Argovian marls. Parcel size: 1.2 ha (3 acres). Situation: On the Hill of Corton, Languettes parcel. Exposure: South-East, 280m on average. Average age of the vine: 35 years
Grape Variety – 100% Chardonnay
Vatting – Oak barrels (60% new oak), Vatting time: 3 weeks to 2 months
Ageing – In oak barrels 100%, Ageing time: 12 to 15 months. Proportion of new barrels: 30%
Of infinite delicateness, the bouquet expresses buttery notes, aromas of baked apple, citrus fruit, pineapple, linden blossom, juniper, cinnamon and flint. Hints of honey are also frequent.
The concentration, distinction and balance of this Chardonnay are pleasantly surprising. The finish is complex and intense.
Savour this Grand Cru with shellfish such as lobster, crayfish or crab, fish as well as certain white meats, poultry in cream and blue cheeses.
Serving and keeping
Serve between 12°C and 14°C (53°F – 57°F)
This wine will reach its potential after several years’ ageing. Cellar for 7 to 10 years or more.
James Suckling – 96 points
A very classic Corton-Charlemagne that’s very powerful, but very cool and fresh with a super mineral personality. Concentrated but finely etched palate with great acidity that drives the very long, stony finish.
Wine Spectator – 95 points, Top 100 Cellar selection
A lean, sinewy white, featuring peach, pear, mineral and pastry flavors, bound up on the dense, tensile structure. Well-marked by the toasty oak now, yet saturated with flavors that come back in waves on the finish. Best from 2021 through 2032. (Issue: Aug 31, 2019)
Decanter – 94 points
Often one of Bichot’s standout wines. Showing some characteristic smokiness, this is a chiselled Corton-Charlemagne with plenty of concentration and grip for the long-haul. Very precise and pure on the nose and palate this combines finesse, with understated power and some toasty oak.
Burghound – 91-94 points
(from a 1 ha parcel situated in Languettes).This too is quite restrained with its cool aromas of green apple, petrol, white flower and background wisps of various citrus nuances. There is fine volume to the delicious, intense and markedly stony larger-scaled flavors that are at once caressing yet powerful before culminating in a clean, dry, focused and serious finale. This too willneed at least a few years to unwind and develop more overall depth. 2027+
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