Albert Bichot Corton Grand Cru 2017 Clos des Marechaudes
A powerful yet charming Grand Cru, well balanced for long term deliciousness
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.
This wine is a Domaine du Pavillon “monopole”. It has the extremely rare distinction of possessing 2 different levels of appellation within the same 2 ha (5 acres) vineyard. “En Mareschaut” is derived from the Old French term “maresche” (marsh). The lower parts of Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny were marshy due to their proximity to the Lauve spring. Major drainage work was undertaken to dry up the land and make it suitable for planting vines. This grapes in this vineyard tend ripen early.
Vineyard – Parcel size: 0.54 ha (1.3 acres)
Situation: Aloxe-Corton, on hillsides. One of the sunniest single vineyards of the Corton hill. Exposure: East/South-East
Soil: Brown limestone soil overlying very clayey scree
Average age of the vine: 40 to 50 years
Vatting: Temperature-controlled conical oak vats, Vatting time: 20 to 28 days
Ageing: In oak barrels 100%, Ageing time: 14 to 18 months- Proportion of new barrels: 40% to 50%
Our Corton Grand Cru Clos des Maréchaudes features well-balanced notes of vanilla and toast on the nose with nuances of raspberry. Starts off very round, rich and powerful, a harmonious combination of richness and the finesse of the terroir. The tannins are dense, mature and round. Very nice volume and length on the palate.
Pair with red meats and game, dishes prepared with wine, and delicate cheeses.
Serve between 15 and 16°C. (59°F – 61°F). This wine may be laid down for 10 years or more.
James Suckling – 93 points
The 2017 from the other part of this vineyard (with a 1er Cru designation) is so charming, but this is a brooding giant with lots of black-fruit aromas, including forest berries. Firm structure and a lot of power at the long, fresh finish.
Jancis Robinson – 16.5++ points
Dark, compressed fruit on the palate. Highly strung –everything is in balance, but still in pupal form.
Wine Spectator – 92 points
This medium-weight version is smooth and lush, with cherry, plum, spice and earth aromas and flavors. Broad in profile, with well-integrated tannins and a long, spice-filled aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2036. (Issue: Oct 31, 2019)