Albert Bichot Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru ‘Les Malconsorts’ 2017
A mere few meters away from DRC ‘La Tache’ vineyard, this fragrant and complex Vosne-Romanée combines power and elegance to rival its neighbor at great value
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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.
Les Malconsorts is an exceptional Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru. We are lucky enough to own 1.75 ha (4.3 acres) of this jewel, which is located close to legendary vineyards (less than 400 metres from Romane?e-Conti and less than 600 metres from Richebourg!).
The name “Malconsorts” suggests that this land must once have been at the origin of disputes between “mauvais consorts” (bad partners), from the Latin word CONSORS meaning “associate, partner”. These litigants would have had a common interest in a case. The prefix “Mal-” would indicate that they conducted themselves inappropriately over land that they owned jointly.
Soil – Limestone redzina. Parcel size: 1.75 ha (4.3 acres). Situation: The vineyard is adjacent to La Tâche. This area is renowned because it is very sunny. Exposure: East/South-East. Average age of the vine: 35 to 40 years
Grape Variety – 100% Pinot Noir
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: 20% to 30%
The nose is fine and complex with delicate primary aromas enhanced by a subtle touch of oak. Soft, fruity notes end on a spicy finish. After a few minutes, subtle notes of peppermint and cedar develop.
On the palate, all the crispiness of Pinot Noir with very pleasing, smooth, mouth-filling tannic texture.
Food Pairing – Try this Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru “Les Malconsorts” with red meats, game in sauce, and the majority of cheeses.
Serve between 16 and 17°C (60°F – 63°F). This wine may be cellared for 7 to 10 years or more.
James Suckling – 94 points
A fragrant and complex Vosne-Romanée with deep black-cherry and floral notes on the nose. Then comes the rich and very elegant palate, the tannins almost completely masked by the fruit, until you reach the very powerful yet polished finish.
Inside Burgundy – 93 points
Dense purple colour, the nose is much stricter than the Amoureuses but just as tense. If anything there is greater concentrationhere but the wine is shaped differently, with a firmer stricter structure at the back, through the fruit flows over the tannins. There is just enough acidity.
Burghound – 91-93 points
An overtly floral nose features notes of plum, violet, lavender and an impressive array of spice and tea nuances. The muscular and powerful yet reasonably refined broad-shouldered flavors exhibit evident minerality on the beautifully persistent and indisputably built-to-age finale. As do all competent examples of Malconsorts, this will require extended cellaring to resolve the very firm structure. 2032+
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